Lean practices including 5S Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma DMAIC and Value Stream Mapping are gaining more and more importance in a wide range of industries. Firms in various industries have implemented one or more of the techniques that comprise Lean techniques and have realized reduced wastes that in turn has contributed to increased profits. The researcher, being associated with the field of printing, has observed the Lean techniques practicing trends in the printing industry. This report builds upon the previously published research that has examined the implementation of Lean Methodologies, including studies that have investigated the impact of the adoption of these techniques as well as those that have researched the difficulties and obstacles faced by firms when considering Lean Manufacturing implementation.

The purpose of this study was to observe the level of awareness of Lean techniques in the printing industry, together with the perceived barriers to Lean Manufacturing adoption implementation and the impact of the implementation. Using the 24 factors to successful implementation of Lean techniques identified by Jadhav, Mantha, and Rane (2012) and the barriers faced by firms when faced with the adoption of Lean techniques as described by Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) the researcher observed the relevancy of these factors and barriers in the printing industry.

Utilizing an online survey, the researcher collected and analyzed data to address the research questions and determined the most significant factors or reasons that impede firms from implementing Lean techniques and also the most significant factors for successful implementation.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Printing industry--Management; Printing industry--Research; Lean manufacturing; Production management; Printers--Attitudes

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Degree Name

Print Media (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Media Sciences (CIAS)


Bruce L. Myers

Advisor/Committee Member

Barbara Birkett

Advisor/Committee Member

Christine Heusner


RIT – Main Campus

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