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ISBN-13: 978-1439806548 ISBN-10: 1439806543 Edition: 1st

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Strategic leaders of private and public organizations in the 21st century are faced with unprecedented challenges. The principles and practices that helped them compete and grow in the past, no longer work. … Many of the problems are beyond complicated. They are problems generated by interlinked systems that prevent us from clearly defining the root cause. Their resolution requires reflection on the assumptions of the past and counter intuitive thinking.

In the 1980s and 90s Robert Hall (Doc) helped North American manufacturing and service companies address the competitive challenges of imports. Doc was a thought leader, articulator, and guide to hundreds of CEOs, presidents, operations managers and process engineers on the principles and practices of Lean, continuous improvement, and productivity.

Today, with Compression, Doc gives us a new perspective on the challenges of the 21st century. He gives strategic leaders a way to put their arms around the complex issues facing their companies, markets, and communities.

Compression is a practical management tool. Strategic leaders should not labor under the misconception that they will learn by reading this book. It is through using what they read that the real and important learning will occur.
—John (Jack) Ward, former CEO, Gabor International

Learning how to survive in this new Era of Sustainability will require a new way of thinking and working ... . Compression: doing more with less of everything by becoming a vigorous learning organization.
—Glenn Marshall, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Benchmarking & Sustainability Champion



About the Author

A founding member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Robert W. Hall, Ph.D., is the Professor Emeritus of Operations Management at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and the Editor-in Chief of Target Magazine.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Productivity Press; 1 edition (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439806543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439806548
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Rother on March 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is not a conventional book on lean, quality, culture or sustainability. It and the accompanying website (compression dot org) take on the hurdle of rethinking growth through expansion (hence the title) in a detailed, matter-of-fact way.

Economic and ecological conditions may require businesses, governments and other organizations to adopt a new organizational model. That is the goal of Compression: "To learn how to continue improving human quality of life while greatly reducing our consumption of energy and virgin raw material, while releasing no toxic chemicals into either air or water." Dr. Hall views work organizations as a key to human survival and quality of life, but with some adjustments:

- Mission, not wealth maximization, is an enterprise's main purpose.
- People are the enterprise, rather than just assets working to benefit the owners.
- Enterprises that develop the capability to rapidly learn and responsively execute changes can cope with challenges.

Questioning the belief that every entity maximizing its return leads to the greater good could collide with some of our innate human programming (such as: females choose, males try to get chosen), but, as the systems-thinking community has been pointing out, it is probably time for this conversation. Compression is packed with observations, ideas and steps that reveal the wide and deep experience of the author. Read it and join the conversation.
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