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Value Stream Mapping for the Process Industries: Creating a Roadmap for Lean Transformation

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Peter L. King, Jennifer S. King
April 24, 2015

Providing a framework that highlights waste and its negative effects on process performance, value stream maps (VSMs) are essential components for successful Lean initiatives. While the conventional VSM format has the basic structure to effectively describe process operations, it must be adapted and...

True Kaizen: Management's Role in Improving Work Climate and Culture

Collin McLoughlin, Toshihiko Miura
November 13, 2017

What does it take to manage an organization to success? No matter what industry you are in, an organization is primarily a group of people. This book focuses on that ever-important human element. In the rush to get 'lean', many organizations focus solely on tools for increasing productivity, but...

Discover Excellence: An Overview of the Shingo Model and Its Guiding Principles

Gerhard J. Plenert
November 06, 2017

A facility-wide improvement initiative is expensive in terms of both time and money. Perhaps the most disappointing thing about them is that they often end up as temporary measures that may produce early results but are unsustainable in the long run. The unseen cost is that after they see such...

The Lean Brain Theory: Complex Networked Lean Strategic Organizational Design

Javier Villalba-Diez, PhD
November 02, 2017

The most complex organization known in the universe is inside of our heads: our brain. Because organizations are formed by human beings, The Lean Brain Theory aims to mimic human brain structure and functionality so as to enable the emergence of brain-like organizations in which the 'neurons' are...

Production Management: Advanced Models, Tools, and Applications for Pull Systems

Yacob Khojasteh
October 31, 2017

Inventory control is an essential task in production management. An effective inventory control can significantly reduce the holding cost and hence, total production cost. Selecting and implementing a suitable production control system plays an important role in inventory reduction and performance...

Leadership Can Be Learned: Clarity, Connection, and Results

Gilmore Crosby
October 31, 2017

Leadership is poorly understood because human systems are poorly understood. Like the "flat earth" theory of old, modern work culture is limited by a paradigm in which problems are understood as "clashes of personality,"' and blame is directed at the superficial level of individuals, groups, and...

Post-Capitalist Entrepreneurship: Startups for the 99%

Boyd Cohen
October 05, 2017

Post-Capitalist Entrepreneurship: Startups for the 99% details the implications of the post-capitalist society on entrepreneurship around the globe, and it challenges many of our underlying assumptions about how entrepreneurs form startups and the objectives and roles, or lack thereof, of startup...

Safety Culture and High-Risk Environments: A Leadership Perspective

Cindy L. Caldwell
September 21, 2017

This book provides leaders in high risk industries a better understanding of how their values and behaviors can influence the organization's safety culture and improve its capacity to bounce back from failure. Examples are illustrated through case studies and practical tools are provided to...

Make Your Business a Lean Business: How to Create Enduring Market Leadership

Paul C. Husby, Jerome Hamilton
September 11, 2017

Make Your Business a Lean Business is a written by business leaders for business leaders as a how-to guide to building enduring market leadership. Written by authors with more than 60 years’ experience applying Lean to operations and businesses, this book will allow readers to understand Lean...

Lean Misconceptions: Why Many Lean Initiatives Fail and How You Can Avoid the Mistakes

Cordell Hensley
September 11, 2017

It has been reported that about 70% of performance-improvement initiatives fail to achieve desired results. The primary causes are unrealistic expectations regarding effort and results and too much focus on short-term improvements instead of long-term capability building. Too many consultants and...

The Intersection of Change Management and Lean Six Sigma: The Basics for Black Belts and Change Agents

Randy K. Kesterson
September 05, 2017

"Randy has crafted an invaluable book, no matter where you are in the journey of organizational change management. A must-have guide you will refer to again and again." – Marshall Goldsmith, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Triggers.   "Randy Kesterson recognizes that much of the energy...

Toyota’s Global Marketing Strategy: Innovation through Breakthrough Thinking and Kaizen

Shozo Hibino, Koichiro Noguchi, Gerhard Plenert
August 18, 2017

There are many books on the market that discuss the Toyota Production System but few that insightfully analyze its marketing strategy. Authored by former Toyota marketing executives, this is the first book of its kind to detail how Toyota’s thinking habits go beyond the shop floor and influence and...

Flexibility: Flexible Companies for the Uncertain World

Gill Eapen
June 13, 2017

We are in an era of high volatility and uncertain outcomes, driven by accelerating technologies, shortened product cycles, fast-changing information, an increasingly mobile workforce, more demanding customers, complex financial markets, ad-hoc public policies, and many other factors that add layers...

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