- Series: Strategy + Business
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (April 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071508309
- ISBN-13: 978-0071508308
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,831,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make or Break
“This book lays down a challenge for manufacturers: Rethink your approach, make manufacturing a priority, or settle into mediocrity.”―JACK DENNIS, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, Luxottica Retail Group
“Make or Break goes beyond Lean and footprint optimization. This is the book to read before starting to reinvent your next-generation manufacturing.”―THIERRY CHICHE, vice president of manufacturing, Michelin Europe
“I loved the extremely wide scope of Make or Break. It offers a wealth of concrete anecdotes, combining a socio-economic perspective with sound operational science. It’s a concise, easy-to-read guide that people in all aspects of manufacturing will find illuminating and instructive.”―WALLACE HOPP, co-author of Factory Physics, Herrick Professor of Manufacturing; The University of Michigan
“Make or Break is a timely and insightful look into global manufacturing that highlights issues and trends that every manufacturer must recognize and address to drive innovation and harness the potential of rapidly developing global markets.”―KEITH HARRISON, global product supply officer, Procter & Gamble
About the Author
Kaj Grichnik is a vice president in Booz & Company's Munich office.
Conrad Winkler is a vice president in Booz & Company's Chicago office.
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All of the authors of volumes in this series have the full benefit of a wealth of resources that have been accumulated during the completion of Booz & Company's client assignments throughout the world. The specific observations and recommendations that Grichnik and Winkler offer are research-driven and based on real-world information. For example, they examine:
How manufacturers have reached a "crossroads" of multiple options, with decisions to be made having "make or break" consequences (Chapter 1)
Eight "very real" challenges that manufacturers now face and why they must learn to navigate them successfully; also, lessons to be learned by using an analytical model when playing out two scenarios that take entirely different approaches to manufacturing (Chapter 2)
How Toyota's greatest advantage "has accrued from the way that a number of factors - some generated within the company, others external--have all, linked together in a virtuous cycle [i.e. each element contributing to the cycle makes the others move faster] while US auto makers have been caught up in a vicious cycle [i.e. problems cause each other to worsen more quickly than they can be managed individually]"; also, how to "harness" virtuous cycles and avoid vicious ones (Chapter 3)
The four principles on which innumerable programs, tools, techniques. and tactics are based to make (rather than break) a company's relations with its workforce mutually beneficial; also, qualities that will support and enable the success of manufacturing executives (Chapter 4)
Frankly, I find it remarkable that Grichnik and Winkler can somehow provide so much valuable information and counsel within only 207 pages. With rare precision, eloquence, and (yes) brevity, they explain why the future of manufacturing is truly becoming a "make-or-break" proposition for many companies as their weaknesses are increasingly exposed. "At the same time, there are always great opportunities in challenging times." More specifically, as Grichnik and Winkler carefully explain, enlightened and determined leaders can help their companies to renew and revitalize themselves with an appropriate mix of "innovative manufacturing technology, flexible global footprints, deliberately redesigned manufacturing operating systems, and truly engaged manufacturing communities." When doing so, they will not simply make winning futures for their companies and their industries - they may change the world. "That, after all, is what manufacturers have done since the industrial revolution - indeed throughout human history."
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Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out Janine Benyus' Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, William McDonough's Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce, John E. Ettlie's Managing Innovation (Second Edition): New Technology, New Products, and New Services in a Global Economy, Fast Strategy: How strategic agility will help you stay ahead of the game co-authored by Yves Doz and Mikko Kosonen, Dean Spitzer's Transforming Performance Measurement: Rethinking the Way We Measure and Drive Organizational Success, and Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution co-authored by Jeanne Ross, Peter Weill, and David Robertson.
the past forty years. GM filed bankruptcy, and millions lost jobs in the past 10 years. But statistics showed that in-sourcing (keep jobs in USA, move jobs from a high-cost labor to lower-cost labor state) is a good solution. Using automation, quality re-engineering, and many other means, will increase manufacturing jobs.
This is a good book to understand these principles.