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
Simon and Schuster, Mar 13, 2007 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
The classic, nationally bestselling book that first articulated the principles of lean production, with a new foreword and afterword by the authors.
When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Twenty years later Toyota passed GM as the world’s largest auto maker. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota’s lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success.
Authors 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
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.