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The classic, nationally best-selling book that first articulated the principles of lean production, with a new foreword and afterword by the authors.

When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Twenty years later Toyota passed GM as the world’s largest auto maker. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota’s lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success.

Authors Womack, Jones, and Roos provided a comprehensive description of the entire lean system. They exhaustively documented its advantages over the mass production model pioneered by General Motors and predicted that lean production would eventually triumph. Indeed, they argued that it would triumph not just in manufacturing but in every value-creating activity from health care to retail to distribution.

Today The Machine That Changed the World provides enduring and essential guidance to managers and leaders in every industry seeking to transform traditional enterprises into exemplars of lean success. 

©2007 Daniel T. Jones, Daniel Roos, James P. Womack (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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very interesting, but a little boring at times

I like the book overall, it kind of dragged the little, but was pretty interesting and insightful when it comes to the manufacturing process

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Good summary of Toyota compared to other auto makers

If you want to learn about the research that introduced the term Lean, along with a breakdown of how Toyota runs their business differently than other automakers, you will enjoy this book. Great for lean practitioners. Includes metrics on why TPS is a better approach than mass production.