Global Lean: Seeing the New Waste Rooted in Communication, Distance, and Culture

Sam Yankelevitch

October 18, 2016 by Productivity Press
Reference - 93 Pages - 22 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498773348 - CAT# K29554

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  • Presents a new way of Lean thinking since the inception of Toyota’s production system
  • Provides a way to use Lean to improve supply chain operations and reduce unseen waste
  • Offers a way for CEOs and leaders to deal technically with what they consider to be "soft" problems
  • Provides a new perspective for supply chain professionals who can adopt Lean methodologies to improve their operations


Just because a problem is invisible doesn’t mean it’s not affecting your operation. While communication, distance, and culture are often ignored as real threats to your results, these unnoticed forces are negatively affecting companies that operate internationally. Globalization has amplified a series of obstacles we not have paid enough attention to in our organizations.

Ultimately, it’s humans that solve problems in coordination with other humans, and this requires excellent communication. Currently, people must coordinate actions and collaborate with teams sitting in geographically separated places. Misunderstandings and lack of clarity, however, cause high, unbudgeted costs. Global Lean: Seeing the New Waste Rooted in Communication, Distance, and Culture highlights the waste created by these interactions and adopts Lean thinking to provide methods, approaches, and real case studies to eliminate these problems at the source.

As organizations evolve into global networks, Lean initiatives must now meet new needs. The book follows the story of a CEO and his company that, while successful in their local environment, are heavily impacted by new obstacles as they expand internationally. It illustrates how they adopt Lean methodologies to bring hidden problems to the surface.