The competitiveness of Swedish agriculture is discussed extensively in media. Lean is a managerial strategy that developed in post-war Japan. Studies of manufacturing and service companies show better capacity utilization, quality control and ability to follow price signals. The issue is if lean implemented at Swedish farms would yield similar effects. The following objectives are formulated:
1) What are the differences in economic performance that may be attributed to lean?
2) How does lean improve resource efficiency (technical efficiency) at the farms?
3) How is managerial behavior affected by lean? What factors determine a successful implementation?
A unique data set is available from the project “Lean lantbruk” with about 100 farms. Decision theory, microeconomic theory and financial analysis serve as methodological foundations. Differences in financial /operational performance due to lean is calculated. The project is expected to enhance the competitiveness of agriculture.