Solves the problem of the appropriate role of IT in lean manufacturing. Most large manufacturing companies have implemented ERP IT systems to support lean manufacturing practices. The Kerry plant Esterline Technologies tries an ERP implementation, and then it ended. Now the Kerry plant is revisiting the appropriate use of IT in an environment of highly innovative lean manufacturing.

Solves the problem of the appropriate role of IT in lean manufacturing. Most large manufacturing companies have implemented ERP IT systems to support lean manufacturing practices. The Kerry plant Esterline Technologies tries an ERP implementation, and then it ended. Now the Kerry plant is revisiting the appropriate use of IT in an environment of highly innovative lean manufacturing.
Robert Cremin
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Richard L. Nolan,
Karen A Brown,
Subodha Kumar
Source: Harvard Business School
23 pages.
Release Date: 03 May, 2006. Prod #: 906 417 PDF-ENG
Esterline Technologies: Lean Manufacturing HBR case solution