Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2006

Esterline Technologies: Lean Manufacturing

by Richard L. Nolan, Karen A. Brown and Subodha Kumar

Abstract

Raises the issue 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 of Esterline Technologies attempted an ERP implementation and then terminated it. Now the Kerry plant is revisiting the appropriate use of IT in an environment of highly innovative lean manufacturing.

Keywords: Decisions; Technological Innovation; Management Analysis, Tools, and Techniques; Management Systems; Production; Information Technology; Technology Adoption; Manufacturing Industry;

Citation:

Nolan, Richard L., Karen A. Brown, and Subodha Kumar. "Esterline Technologies: Lean Manufacturing." Harvard Business School Case 906-417, May 2006.