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The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer Hardcover – January 7, 2004
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"This book will give you an understanding of what has made Toyota successful and some practical ideas that you can use to develop your own approach to business."--Gary Convis, Managing Office of Toyota
Fewer man-hours. Less inventory. The highest quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer. In factories around the globe, Toyota consistently raises the bar for manufacturing, product development, and process excellence. The result is an amazing business success story: steadily taking market share from price-cutting competitors, earning far more profit than any other automaker, and winning the praise of business leaders worldwide.
The Toyota Way reveals the management principles behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability. Dr. Jeffrey Liker, a renowned authority on Toyota's Lean methods, explains how you can adopt these principles--known as the "Toyota Production System" or "Lean Production"--to improve the speed of your business processes, improve product and service quality, and cut costs, no matter what your industry.
Drawing on his extensive research on Toyota, Dr. Liker shares his insights into the foundational principles at work in the Toyota culture. He explains how the Toyota Production System evolved as a new paradigm of manufacturing excellence, transforming businesses across industries. You'll learn how Toyota fosters employee involvement at all levels, discover the difference between traditional process improvement and Toyota's Lean improvement, and learn why companies often think they are Lean--but aren't.
The fourteen management principles of the Toyota Way create the ideal environment for implementing Lean techniques and tools. Dr. Liker explains each key principle with detailed, examples from Toyota and other Lean companies on how to:
- Foster an atmosphere of continuous improvement and learning
- Create continuous process "flow" to unearth problems
- Satisfy customers (and eliminate waste at the same time)
- Grow your leaders rather than purchase them
- Get quality right the first time
- Grow together with your suppliers and partners for mutual benefit
Dr. Liker shows the Toyota Way in action, then outlines how to apply the Toyota Way in your organization, with examples of how other companies have rebuilt their culture to create a Lean, learning enterprise. The Toyota Way is an inspiring guide to taking the steps necessary to emulate Toyota's remarkable success.
- How to double or triple the speed of any business process
- How to build quality into workplace systems
- How to eliminate the huge costs of hidden waste
- How to turn every employee into a quality control inspector
- How to dramatically improve your products and services!
With a market capitalization greater than the value of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler combined, Toyota is also, (by far), the world's most profitable automaker. Toyota's secret weapon is Lean production--the revolutionary approach to business processes that it invented in the 1950's and has spent decades perfecting. Today businesses around the world are implementing Toyota's radical system for speeding up processes, reducing waste, and improving quality.
The Toyota Way, explain's Toyota's unique approach to Lean--the 14 management principles and philosophy that drive Toyota's quality and efficiency-obsessed culture. You'll gain valuable insights that can be applied to any organization and any business process, whether in services or manufacturing. Professor Jeffrey Liker has been studying Toyota for twenty years, and was given unprecedented access to Toyota executives, employees and factories, both in Japan and the United States, for this landmark work. The book is full of examples of the 14 fundamental principles at work in the Toyota culture, and how these principles create a culture of continuous learning and improvement. You'll discover how the right combination of long-term philosophy, process, people, and problem solving can transform your organization into a Lean, learning enterprise--the Toyota Way.
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Top Customer Reviews
+ Shows Toyota's commitment, i.e. the willingness to pursue perfection everyday forever (which is why I think so many fail... satisfied with good)
+ Provides building blocks upon which to build lean systems and apply lean tools
+ Philosophy is quite detailed while avoiding "tools" (they are a distraction from successful business transformation)
- Not a recipe for you to copy... no shortcuts or cutting corners here
- Does not directly describe principles and concept behind hoshin kanri (strategic planning) - I really would have liked this
- Does not include any "kata" - now viewed as a key element for cultural transformation
- A bit lengthy
Bottom line: Recommended for serious lean zealots only. I think that this book is true to the philosophies of Toyota as I've directly observed from the 4 or 5 different senseis (former Toyota executives turned consultants) I have had the chance to work with. Revised July, 19, 2012 due to recent advancements in the study of Toyota.
The fourteen principles that you could use as the cornerstone for your organisation according to this book (and this particular reviewer) are:
1. Base your management decisions on long term philosophy, even at the expense of short term financial goals
2. Create continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface
3. Use pull systems to avoid over production
4. Level out the workload (Hiejunka)
5. Build a culture of stopping to fix problems to get quality right the first time
6. Standardised tasks are the foundation for continuous improvement and employer empowerment
7. Use visual controls so that no problems are hidden
8. Only use reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes
9. Grow leaders who thoroughly understand the work and live the philosophy
10. Develop exceptional people and teams that follow your company's philosophy
11. Respect your extended network of partners and suppliers by challenging them and helping them improve
12. Go and see for yourself and thoroughly understand the situation (Genchi Genbutsu)
13. Make decisions slowly by consensus thoroughly considering all options. Implement decisions rapidly
14. Become a learning organisation through relentless reflection (Hansei) and continuous improvement (Kaizen)
Just an outstanding book
The book has a visible structure that the reader can use to zoom in on topics of interest. Fourteen principles are stated upfront, and then a chapter is devoted to each of these principles. The writing is clear, and many outside sources are acknowledged with a thoroughness that is uncommon in business books. In particular, 28 Toyota executives are acknowledged or quoted, which gives the book the flavor of an authorized rendition of the company's philosophy.
The book's greatest strength, the closeness of the author to the company's management, is also its main limitation. As an academic, the author could have assumed a less worshipful stance. For example, rather than taking management statements about wanting to do right for society as a whole at face value, he might have pointed out that they sound like obligatory recitations of Confucian values, and that it is arguable that flooding the world with cars is in the best interest of the human race. Also, without attacking the company, he could have made its portrayal more nuanced and vivid by including more points of view, such as those of line workers and former employees who may have a different perspective than current top managers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book provides great insight to the process used by Toyota to in Jim Collins words go from "Good to Great."Published 8 days ago by Sarah6
Great read for anyone in manufacturing makes you think completely different worth the time to read.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lean is quickly becoming a business standard for many corporations and that's great to see! I started my lean journey a few years ago when I first heard of lean and did some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stasha M, RLMS
Being from a mechanical and industrial engineering, this book brought out many changes in my work life and personal life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by saketh
This is a must read for any supply chain student or professional. While Mr. Liker is apparently very keen on Toyota, the lean methods and principles speak for themselves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JJM77
The cover book is quite poor, its a very common paper, but what matters is the content inside!Published 1 month ago by Caroline C.