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lean enterprise

Operations & Production

efficient business structure with little waste an organizational model that strategically applies the key ideas behind lean production. A lean enterprise is viewed as a group of separate individuals, functions, or organizations that operate as one entity. The goal is to apply lean techniques that create individual breakthroughs in companies and to link these up and down the supply chain to form a continuous value stream to raise the whole chain to a higher level.

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    Best Practice

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Definitions of ’lean enterprise’ and meaning of ’lean enterprise’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’lean enterprise’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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