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Value stream mapping for sustainable change at a Swedish dairy farm

Melin, Martin and Barth, Henrik (2020). Value stream mapping for sustainable change at a Swedish dairy farm. International Journal of Environment and Waste Management. 25 , 130-140
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This case study increases our understanding of Lean implementation in which value stream mapping (VSM) is used to create an action plan at a small dairy and cattle farm in southwest Sweden. The researchers, the farmer-owner, and farm employees followed a step-by-step approach that resulted in ideas for operational improvements for the dairy activity. Data were collected in interviews with the farmer/owner, researcher participation in workshops, and researcher observations. The results reveal that VSM is an effective way to create a culture of collaboration among the farm staff and to better define their roles and responsibilities as well as improve routines, communications, and task completion. In the two-to-three year period following the VSM project, specific improvements were observed in milk production/quality and animal health. The results also reveal that while Lean principles are relevant given the repetitive nature of agriculture routines and tasks, the VSM element of lead-time reduction is less relevant owing to the unique value adding biological processes in the agriculture sector.

Authors/Creators:Melin, Martin and Barth, Henrik
Title:Value stream mapping for sustainable change at a Swedish dairy farm
Series Name/Journal:International Journal of Environment and Waste Management
Year of publishing :2020
Page range:130-140
Number of Pages:11
Publisher:Inderscience Publishers Ltd.
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Work Sciences
Keywords:lean, value stream mapping, agricultural production, productivity, farmers
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ID Code:17211
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology (until 2020)
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Deposited On:26 Jun 2020 08:11
Metadata Last Modified:07 Aug 2020 01:34

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