The Machine That Changed the World

Based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5-Million-Dolla 5-Year Study on the Future of the Automobile

  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9781847370556
  • maart 2007
  • Paperback
  • 352 pagina's
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James P. Womack

Management expert James P. Womack, Ph.D., is the founder to the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., a nonprofit training, publishing, conference, and management research company chartered in August 1997 to advance a set of ideas known as lean production and lean thinking, based initially on Toyota's business system.

The intellectual basis for the Cambridge, MA-based Institute is described in a series of books and articles co-authored by Womack and Daniel Jones over the past 20 years. The most widely known books are: The Machine That Changed the World, Lean Thinking, Seeing The Whole: mapping the extended value stream, Lean Solutions. Articles include: "From Lean Production to the Lean Enterprise", "Beyond Toyota: How to Root Out Waste and Pursue Perfection", "Lean Consumption".

Womack received a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1970, a master's degree in transportation systems from Harvard in 1975, and a Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1982 (for a dissertation on comparative industrial policy in the U.S., Germany, and Japan). During the period 1975-1991, he was a full-time research scientist at MIT directing a series of comparative studies of world manufacturing practices. As research director of MIT's International Motor Vehicle Program, Womack led the research team that coined the term "lean production" to describe the Toyota Production System.

Womack served as the Institute's chairman and CEO from 1997 until 2010 when he was succeeded by John Shook.


When James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos wrote THE MACHINE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD in 1990, Japanese automakers, and Toyota in particular, were making a strong showing by applying the principles of lean production. However, the full power of lean principles was unproven, and they had not been applied outside of the auto industry. Today, the power of lean production has been conclusively proved by Toyota's unparalleled success, and the concepts have been widely applied in many industries. Based on MIT's pioneering global study of industrial competition, THE MACHINE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD offers a groundbreaking analysis of the entire lean business system, including product development, supplier management, sales, service, and production - an analysis even more relevant today as GM and Ford struggle to survive and a wide range of British abd American companies embrace lean production. A new Foreword by the authors brings the story up to date and details how their predictions were right. As a result, this reissue of a classic is as insightful and instructive today as when it was first published.


The fundamentals of this system are applicable to every industry across the globe . . . [and] will have a profound impact on human society--it will truly change the world. -- New York Times Magazine A revealing and compellingly readable account of Japan's achievemnt in revolutionizing manufacturing . . . An eye-opener even for those who already knew Japan didn't do it all with robots. -- Financial Times The best current book on the changes reshaping manufacturing and the most readable. -- Business Week

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maart 2007
1e druk
21 x 14,6 x 2,5 cm
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352 pagina's
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The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production-- The Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry



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