Lean production relies a lot on the concept of employee empowerment. For illustration, Toyota Manufacturing is regarded as a leader in lean production.
What are some of the advantages of employee empowerment? What are some of the demerits of employee empowerment? In your opinion, is employee empowerment a fad or a helpful tool? Why? As a manager, what steps would you take to maximize the efficiency of teams?
Validate your answers by using illustrations and reasoning.