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The Machine That Changed the World: Based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5 Million Dollar, 5 Year Study on the Future of Technology Kindle Edition
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I am studying the Operations Management in the university, and this book is in the reading list of the module of Manufacturing Strategy. I spent 4 days to finish it, because I found it was better than the textbook I used----more profound, more in detail, and more interesting for me to read through it. I learn a lot from it that can't be learned from the testbooks.
Maybe the only regret is this book was writen in 1990, so the author can not say something later than that year, which changed a lot since 1990. I hope that I can read the new book concerning the change since 1990, which I think should be published in the year 2005.
The authors explain the different management philosophies at each stage of development, and explore how these have transformed the lifes and expecations of the workforce and consumers in this global industry. They conclude with a prophetic vision of the future, highlighting the need for the major players to be transformed into 'lean enterprises' as a pre-condition for surival.
Essential reading for anybody in the automotive sector or with an interest in the social impact different management techniques and philosophies.
The Machine that Changed the World is a fascinating book that teaches what the Japanese learned and how to apply their ideas to the US auto market. Competition is always tough, but these tools provides a competitive advantage to those companies who embrace them and make them part of doing business. Not all ideas are applicable to every application, but there are plenty of diamonds to be farmed here.
Well trained employees, a commitment to excellence by everyone (from the janitor to the CEO), teamwork, flexibility of skill sets, and learning lessons from successes and failures are all important elements of lean manufacturing. Setting up manufacturing lines efficiently, working closely with suppliers, line smoothing, encouraging innovative and cost saving suggestions and much more are also critical lean concepts.
Lean manufacturing doesn't happen overnight and a company and its employees must be diligent in their efforts to put high quality products at reasonable prices out the door.
The Machine that Changed the World is highly rated by many people and should be. It has timeless ideas to produce higher quality products and recommends never being completely satisfied. Well written and researched, this is a top notch book!
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Incredible way of providing clear insight and example to Lean and the impact it can have any business and corporation. Highly recommend Lean thinking also by the same author.
Excellent and informative reading
I recognise many of the mass production and lean production systems from modern factories, where a mixture of the two is the most common these days. Certainly reading this helped me to better understand the origins of many of these systems/techniques, and how far they can be taken.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book that changed the (lean) world. A great read on toyota's lean approach to product developmentPublished 6 months ago by Alex G.
An interesting book that is a must read for any manager in a manufacturing or operational management rolePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The bible, no aspiring or currently serving manager/director should be without.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer