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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...

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...

Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible and Committed Project Teams, Second Edition

Gary Santorella
June 06, 2017

Many of the struggles that we are currently experiencing when attempting to implement Lean in the construction environment are the direct result of applying Lean tools out of proper context. Understanding Lean as an overall operating system will help to avert this all too common pitfall. An...

Simple: Killing Complexity for a Lean and Agile Organization

Barry L. Cross
May 01, 2017

The parameters of competition in business today are changing -- big does not necessarily beat small anymore; fast is beating slow. Agility, speed, and flexibility are the key elements of a successful strategy and execution in the corporate world as wells as in government agencies, health care, and...

On Time, In Full: Achieving Perfect Delivery with Lean Thinking in Purchasing, Supply Chain, and Production Planning

Timothy McLean
April 11, 2017

"On Time-In Full" is an important work. Tim McLean provides an easy to follow practical approach to building a highly performing supply chain" -Drew Locher, Shingo Prize Winning Author and Lean Thinker The most fundamental requirement for a manufacturing or distribution business is to deliver to...

Lean Implementation: Applications and Hidden Costs

Frances Alston
April 11, 2017

This book will address key organizational issues that must be considered and addressed when implementing Lean business practices. The book offers solutions for many of the challenges, provides a resource that leaders can use in addressing cultural and regulatory issues, provides means to address...

Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Methods Design Concept (MDC): The Path to Competitiveness

Alin Posteuca, Shigeyasu Sakamoto
March 23, 2017

Providing a reasonable level of profitability through productivity is - and will remain - one of the fundamental tasks of the management teams of any production company. Manufacturing Cost Policy Deployment (MCPD) and Methods Design Concept (MDC): The Path to Competitiveness contains two new...

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