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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...

The GuruBook: Insights from 45 Pioneering Entrepreneurs and Leaders on Business Strategy and Innovation

Jonathan Løw
February 12, 2018

The GuruBook is an inspiring collection of 45 articles and interviews with well-known thought leaders and entrepreneurs, whose leadership and strategic skills have resulted in very successful businesses. These renowned leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators have tested their visions and assumptions...

The Toyota Template: The Plan for Just-In-Time and Culture Change Beyond Lean Tools

Phillip Ledbetter
February 01, 2018

Many current companies are in a similar position to Toyota prior to development of the Toyota Production System regarding efficiency and culture. Many are attempting to implement a Lean system, but the failure rate is very high. The primary reasons are lack of will, lack of skill, or some...

Courageous Leadership: The Missing Link to Creating a Lean Culture of Excellence

Sumeet Kumar
January 03, 2018

Courageous Leadership: The Missing Link to Creating a Lean Culture of Excellence is one of the firsts of its kind to wade through the confusion among leaders on selecting the type of change approach that will get the best results in their organization. It educates the senior executive leaders 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...

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...

Post-Capitalist Entrepreneurship: Startups for the 99%

Boyd Cohen
September 21, 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...

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...

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