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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.
Based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's five-million-dollar, five-year study on the future of the automobile, a groundbreaking analysis of the worldwide move from mass production to lean production.
Japanese companies are sweeping the world, and the Japanese auto industry soars above the competition. Drawing on their in-depth study of the practices of ninety auto assembly plants in seventeen countries and their interviews with individual employees, scholars, and union and government officials, the authors of this compelling study uncover the specific manufacturing techniques behind Japan's success and show how Western industry can implement these innovative methods. The Machine That Changed the World tells the fascinating story of lean production, a manufacturing system that results in a better, more cost-efficient product, higher productivity, and greater customer loyalty. The hallmarks of lean production are teamwork, communication, and efficient use of resources. And the results are remarkable: cars with one-third the defects, built in half the factory space, using half the man-hours. The Machine That Changed the World explains in concrete terms what lean production is, how it really works, and--as it inevitably spreads beyond the auto industry--its significant global impact.
Documents the evolution and application of "lean production" principles within the automobile industry, drawing on an MIT global study of industrial competition while documenting how Toyota implemented the lean business system at all stages from development and production to sales and service. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Based on MITUs $5 million, five-year study on the future of the automobile, three directors of research deliver a groundbreaking analysis of the worldwide move from mass production to lean production.
About the Author
James P. WomackDaniel T. Jones
Table of Contents
FOREWORD 2007. WHY TOYOTA WON: A TALE OF TWO BUSINESS SYSTEMS
BEFORE YOU BEGIN THIS BOOK
1 THE INDUSTRY OF INDUSTRIES IN TRANSITION
THE ORIGINS OF LEAN PRODUCTION
2 THE RISE AND FALL OF MASS PRODUCTION
3 THE RISE OF LEAN PRODUCTION
THE ELEMENTS OF LEAN PRODUCTION
4 RUNNING THE FACTORY
5 DESIGNING THE CAR
6 COORDINATING THE SUPPLY CHAIN
7 DEALING WITH CUSTOMERS
8 MANAGING THE LEAN ENTERPRISE
DIFFUSING LEAN PRODUCTION
9 CONFUSION ABOUT DIFFUSION
10 COMPLETING THE TRANSITION
AFTERWORD 2007. WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT LEAN PRODUCTION SINCE 1990
A INTERNATIONAL MOTOR VEHICLE PROGRAM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS
B INTERNATIONAL MOTOR VEHICLE PROGRAM RESEARCH AFFILIATE TEAM
C IMVP PROGRAM AND FORUM PARTICIPANTS