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Lean for the Long Term

2016-01-09

  • Author
    William H. Baker, Jr. & Kenneth Rolfes


The average tenure of a departing CEO has declined from approximately 10 years in 2000 to 8.1 years in 2012. Maintaining a customer-focused lean strategy and continuous improvement culture can become a challenge when management changes often, unless it has become an institutionalized company-branded business management system for the company. Lean for the Long Term allows readers to benefit from the operating experience and research of the authors who have been deeply involved in leading lean transformations that last in today’s ever-changing business landscape. This book presents 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 the 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. Until now, there have been few books to supply in-depth discussions on lean as a strategy and management system. Filling this need, Lean for the Long Term will help you to move toward a broader, more strategic use of lean principles in your business. The book uses clear language to present insights on how company leaders and lean practitioners can improve communication. After reading the book, you will better understand how your company operates, how to align your efforts, and how to decide what to do despite the complexity of day-to-day business operations.
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 and conferences. 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 www.shingo.org.