Utilizing World Class Manufacturing and Circular Economy Principles in the Context of Sustainable Development

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mgr inż. Mateusz GAWLIŃSKI – Freelance researcher
mgr inż. Patrycja DUL – AGH University of Krakow, al. Adama Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
dr inż. Katarzyna ŁYP-WROŃSKA – AGH University of Krakow, al. Adama Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland; e-mail: klyp@agh.edu.pl

Received 11.02.2024.
Accepted 21.02.2024

ABSTRACT
Purpose: This study aims to identify opportunities for mutual enrichment of WCM, CE, and production in manufacturing companies through the integration of environmental and sustainable development aspects.
Design/methodology/approach: Research methods employed include literature analysis, field research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, case studies, and observations of practices in manufacturing organizations.
Findings/conclusions: The study suggests the potential for synergy between WCM and CE, especially in the context of sustainable development. Implementing these concepts requires innovative technological and organizational solutions.
Research limitations: The study has limitations, including a limited scope in terms of industries and regions, which may affect the universality of the findings.
Practical implications: The results offer practical guidance for companies aiming to adopt WCM and CE principles, enabling them to achieve operational excellence and sustainable development.
Originality/value: The study is original in its approach to integrating WCM and CE, particularly regarding the environmental aspect.

KEYWORDS
World Class Manufacturing, WCM, problem solving, circular economy, environmental pillar

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