The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production-- Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 13, 2007 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Today Toyota is passing GM as the world's largest auto maker and is the most consistently successful global enterprise of the past fifty years. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota's lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success.

Now reissued with a new Foreword and Afterword, Machine contrasts two fundamentally different business systems -- lean versus mass, two very different ways of thinking about how humans work together to create value. Based on the largest and most thorough study ever undertaken of any industry -- MIT's five-year, fourteen-country International Motor Vehicle Program -- this book describes the entire managerial system of lean production.

Nearly twenty years ago, Womack, Jones, and Roos provided a comprehensive description of the entire lean system. They exhaustively documented its advantages over the mass production model pioneered by General Motors and predicted that lean production would eventually triumph. Indeed, they argued that it would triumph not just in manufacturing but in every value-creating activity from health care to retail to distribution.

Today The Machine That Changed the World provides enduring and essential guidance to managers and leaders in every industry seeking to transform traditional enterprises into exemplars of lean success.
  

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The perfect book i had seen in my career life,it means we will have one or two more method to challenge in our routine world

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Phenomenal perception of the auto industry. An education in itself, this book not only provides a remarkable history of the industry but a valuable look at lean production. It explains with cutting insight it will explain many trends one can observe just by taking a drive, and provides a framework for industrial organization that will provide any reader with instant background. The book is at times overly academic in the way it presents scenarios, but despite this it is still a surprisingly easy read. Womack and Jones have fantastic insight into the manufacturing apparatus, however I would question the section on lean selling. It is based on analogies and assumptions carried over from the manufacturing comparisons they make, which will not be as applicable but are none the less worth considering as counterfactuals. This is an extraordinarily valuable read, and a must for anyone with an above average interest in business or the auto industry. 

Contents

THE RISE AND FALL OF MASS PRODUCTION
19
THE RISE OF LEAN PRODUCTION
47
RUNNING THE FACTORY
75
CONFUSION ABOUT DIFFUSION
233
COMPLETING THE TRANSITION
263
EPILOGUE
283
NOTES
299
APPENDIXES
313
INDEX
327
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About the author (2007)

James P. Womack is the president and founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute (www.lean.org), a nonprofit education and research organization based in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Daniel T. Jones is the chairman and founder of the Lean Enterprise Academy (www.leanuk.org), a nonprofit education and research organization based in the UK.

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