Lean principles can be applied to every functional area of an organization. It can be implemented in a bottom-up or a top-down approach. Because of this, Lean principles become a philosophy which pervades across the various divisions and departments by becoming part of an organization's core work-culture.
Organizations which follow these Lean principles of continuous improvement in their daily workings are called "Lean" organizations. Since Lean involves creating an efficient work environment, it is important that the workforce feels empowered and believe their suggestions/ ideas/ opinions will be heard irrespective of their level within the organization. Because of this Lean helps in enhancing Organizational Effectiveness.
Lean organizations understand the importance of increasing customer value and because of this, focus their main processes towards continuously enhancing customer satisfaction.
The final objective of a Lean Organization is to be able to provide maximum benefits and value to their customer by utilizing efficient processes that have reduced (ideally zero) waste.