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Lean for the Long Term

February 5, 2016

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    William Baker and Kenneth Rolfes

“Lean for the Long Term” by William Baker and Kenneth Rolfes Receives Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award

Summary: After trained examiners and accomplished business professionals performed a thorough assessment of their work, William H. Baker, Jr. and Kenneth Rolfes have been selected as recipients of an internationally recognized award from the Shingo Institute, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The authors will receive their award at the 28th International Shingo Conference occurring April 25-29, 2016 in Washington DC.

LOGAN, Utah — The Shingo Institute, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has awarded William H. Baker, Jr. and Kenneth Rolfes with the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award for their book, “Lean for the Long Term: Sustainment is a Myth, Transformation is Reality.” Bill Baker is president of Speed To Excellence and has been instrumental in assisting several companies and organizations pursue their strategic objectives. Ken Rolfes is president of KDR Associates and has more than 35 years of senior operations management experience for public and private companies.

“Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies an author's significant contribution to advancing the body of knowledge regarding enterprise excellence,” said Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute.

Baker and Rolfes have been deeply involved in leading lean transformations that last in today’s ever-changing business landscape. In their book, “Lean for the Long Term,” they present a lean management system model that encompasses leadership, process and growth as the model to drive business performance. The authors investigate the fragile nature of a lean culture and the resulting effects on people and the company when culture shifts. They illustrate the methods several companies have used to achieve successful lean transformations that last and also offer guidance on how to build your own action plan based on the best practices outlined in the text.

Luke Faulstick, co-owner, president and CEO at PPI says, “’Lean for the Long Term’ is one of the only books which presents lean as a comprehensive business model and not just a set of tools in a toolbox. An engaging read that will help any company maximize its full business potential. It is a must-read for business leaders, C-suite executives and board members.”

By “challenging” or applying for an award, authors invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from the Shingo Institute to thoroughly review their publications. Shingo examiners select recipients based on a rigorous set of standards.

The authors will receive the award during the Awards Gala of the 28th International Shingo Conference in Washington D.C. The conference is a five-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in pursuit of operational excellence.

About the Shingo Institute

Housed at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, the Shingo Institute is named after Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Shingo’s teachings and years of experience working with organizations throughout the world, the Shingo Institute has developed the Shingo Model™ which is the basis for several educational offerings including workshops, study tours, conferences and the Shingo MBA. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional culture that continually strives for improvement and progress. Those interested in more information or in registering to attend the 30th International Shingo Conference may visit