In Search of Waste in the Supply Chain: A Value Stream Analysis in a Manufacturing Company

Karolina Gwarda, Magdalena Klopott
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXV, Issue 2, 367-375, 2022
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/2926


Purpose: The aim of the paper is to identify waste areas at the production stage in a selected company and to highlight the changes that need to be introduced in order to increase the share of value-added activities across the production process. Design/Methodology/Approach: The article uses the qualitative research method of a case study. The data was collected from the following sources, MUDA walk, data provided by the audited company, and interviews with company employees. Identification of waste areas was carried out in line with the commonly adopted MUDA categories and drew on value-stream analysis. Findings: The research shows numerous examples of waste mismanagement upon mapping out the value stream for one of the company’s products. In order to increase the value of the chain in which it participates, the company must take relevant corrective actions. Practical Implications: Regardless of business nature and company size, a value-stream map enables the identification of waste areas, which may help reduce or eliminate waste. Originality/Value: The value of this article lies in its universality and applicability. The explored topic remains very current and fits into the market trend of supply-chain improvement.

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