This exploratory study seeks to determine the interrelationship between sustainable manufacturing practices (SMP), sustaining lean improvements (SLI) and sustainable performance (SP) in Malaysian automotive industry. The specific goals are: 1) to identify the SMP, SLI and SP measures for Malaysian automotive industry; 2) to investigate the impact of SMP and SLI on SP for Malaysian automotive industry; 3) to develop research model of the SMP, SLI and SP measures for Malaysian automotive industry. An attempt has been made in this paper to provide an overview of the available SMP, SLI and SP literature by classifying and then critically reviewing the material to develop a framework for SMP, SLI and SP and suggest future research directions. This also includes model and three performance measures for SMP, SLI and SP measures. A summary of research findings and conclusions are reported at the end of the research view.
Keywords: sustainable manufacturing, sustainable performance, automotive industry, lean production