Implementation challenges affecting the environmental improvement performance in pharmaceutical production: Results of a green kaizen pilot
Paper in proceedings, 2018

This paper reports on working findings in an action research-based project, implementing a green kaizen pilot in a European pharmaceutical manufacturing company. The aim of the study is to investigate how continuous improvement initiatives with focus on environment originally developed for the automotive manufacturing industry could apply to the pharmaceutical industry. It also aspires to understand the enabling and hindering issues are for such implementation. There are considerable similarities of implementing lean in general in the two sectors, however, some key differences and challenges were apparent when implementing this specific green kaizen method called Green Performance Map. An implication for pharma practitioners implementing the green kaizen method concerns how to improve working procedures and production equipment to become more environmentally friendly amid high regulatory demands on process quality. Implementation challenges are discussed in terms of fidelity, locus and extensiveness of lean practices implementation.

Green performance map

Continuous improvement

Sustainable production


S. E. Birkie

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Martin Kurdve

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

M. Bellgran

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

J. Korhonen

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

1868-4238 (ISSN) 1868-422X (eISSN)

Vol. 535 58-66

IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2018
Seoul, South Korea,

Green Kaizen

VINNOVA, 2017-11-10 -- 2018-05-10.

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Environmental Management

Reliability and Maintenance

Areas of Advance




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