The Impact of Innovation on Lean Production: The Mediating Role of Continuous Improvement at Mining Companies in Jordan

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Sayel Mesbah Daifallah Al-nethami


The aim of this study is to identify and analyze the technological and managerial  dimensions of innovation and their effects on the dimensions of lean manufacturing (workplace organization (WPO), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Just-In-Time (JIT), Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and cellular manufacturing (CM)) through the role of an intermediate variable Continues Improvement at Mining Companies in Jordan.

The study population consists of (370) directors, from all levels of management in these companies where the study was applied to. Moreover, descriptive and analytical method has used, (370) questionnaires are also designed to collect primary data and only (290) questionnaires have been performed for analysis at a cumulative average 90.6%. As a result, arithmetic means, standard deviations, and path analysis using the Smart PlS3 software, have been carried out as statistical means and methods for analysis.

The study has revealed a statistically significant impact of technological and administrative innovation on the dimensions of lean Production(Worksite Organizing (WO), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing, Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and cellular manufacturing).. This shows the importance of innovation and how enhances the realization of lean manufacturing dimensions in the companies which the study applied to. Furthermore, a statistically significant “effect” plays an important role in continuously improving lean Production.

This study shows the importance and the necessity of continuing to maintain the adoption levels of technological and administrative innovation, employing modern technology, keeping up with the technological changes that can constantly improve manufacturing quality and production lines. It also sheds light on establishing an efficient organized worksite, total productive maintenance, improving employee innovation, and involving them in taking decisions. Thereby, it's vital to train the employee in innovation at all levels, which will give them a greater understanding of their responsibilities towards the importance of innovation and lean Production.

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