What is Lean?: -A case study of how Akademiska Hospital’s departments work with Lean
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The main purpose of this thesis is to examine how Lean is applied at the Akademiska
hospital in Uppsala, Sweden. Lean is regarded as a solution for many issues
connected to healthcare. We consider it interesting to examine to what extent Lean is
applicable to healthcare in regard with that Lean is initially created for the production
industry. We have conducted interviews with leaders and employees at the head
division and at four different departments to see if there exists a difference in how
they work Lean. From our study we can see that Lean is manifested differently at the
departments based on which typology of technology they belong to and how the
leaders communicate Lean to its employees. We hope that this study has clarified
both difficulties and opportunities with implementing Lean at a hospital. Suggestions
for further studies would be to examine what implications there could be with
combining Lean with other management philosophies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 42 p.
Lean, Lean healthcare, Long-linked technology, Intensive technology, Organizational change, Akademiska sjukhuset.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202259OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-202259DiVA: diva2:631616
Subject / course
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law