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

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 Author James P. Womack
ISBN-10 0743299795
ISBN-13 9780743299794
Year 2007-03-13
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Free Press
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This volume carefully traces the rise of the Toyota system from its take off point in Ford s mass production system to its spread across the world starting with the NUMMI joint venture with General Motors in California and now advancing in Europe Latin America and East Asia as well It then identifies and describes the advantages of this system which needs less of everything including time human effort inventories and investment to produce products with fewer defects in smaller volumes at lower costs for fragmenting markets The Machine That Changed the World even gave the system its name lean In the decade since its launch in the fall of 1990 The Machine That Changed the World has sold more than 600 000 copies in 11 languages and has introduced a whole generation of managers and engineers to lean thinking No lean library is complete without this groundbreaking book The fundamentals of this system are applicable to every industry across the globea and will have a profound effect on human society It will truly change the world New York TimesPaperback 1990 323 pages