Books

A number of our teams' favorite books on productity and cost improvement

Reengineering the Corporation

A Manifesto for Business Revolution

Michael Hammer & James Champy

No business concept was more important to America’s economic revival in the 1990s than reengineering — introduced to the world in Michael Hammer and James Champy’s Reengineering the Corporation. Already a classic, this international bestseller describes how the radical redesign of a company’s processes, organization, and culture can achieve a quantum leap in performance.

But if you think that reengineering once was enough, think again. More changes, more challenges are coming in the twenty-first century. Now Hammer and Champy have updated and revised their milestone work for the New Economy they helped to create — promising to help corporations save hundreds of millions of dollars more, raise their customer satisfaction still higher, and grow ever more nimble in the years to come.

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The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles

From The Worlds Greatest Manufacturer

Jeffrey K. Liker

How to speed up business processes, improve quality, and cut costs in any industry.

In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. “The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota’s worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.

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The Machine that Changed the World:

The Story of Lean Production

James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos

When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Today Toyota is passing GM as the world’s largest auto maker and is the most consistently successful global enterprise of the past fifty years. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota’s lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success.

Now reissued with a new Foreword and Afterword, Machine contrasts two fundamentally different business systems — lean versus mass, two very different ways of thinking about how humans work together to create value. Based on the largest and most thorough study ever undertaken of any industry — MIT’s five-year, fourteen-country International Motor Vehicle Program — this book describes the entire managerial system of lean production.

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