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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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Good overview of Lean and TPS, but outdated

Good overview of Lean and TPS, but outdated. Limited to applications of large economies of scale.

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Classic on lean manufacturing.

This book is the classic and needs to be read for everyone who is interested in the evolution and creation of lean manufacturing. The book provides an excellent history of mass production and then explains how lame production came into being. It provides excellent data supporting the benefits of lean manufacturing. It also spent some time on the overall use of lien and other adjacent functions such as research and development. They must read for those Interested in lean.

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Good book of history of Lean

The book is about the history of lean production versus mass production and all its consequences around the globe.

It doesn't talk about any in depth technical information about lean production.

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Learn Lean manufacturer

very interesting book about lean manufacturing written in the 1990 with a follow on in 2007.

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only half useful for the modern reader

A fascinating treatise on car manufacture c.1990. Despite many good ideas, the book becomes dated halfway through--devolving into inside baseball on the forecasted fortunes of various firms in the 1990s. Worth skimming through the first half and then skipping ahead to the afterword which corrects some major errors in the first half!

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great history of lean and manufacturing

the narrator has a very breathy voice that took about 30 seconds to get used to it and I find it terrific, wonderful story that applies to today

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Classic marking the origin of Lean methodology.

i would recommend this as a starter book on the topic of Lean. Narrator was good.

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The fundamentals of Lean

amazing book. if you want to learn abuot the start of lean this is the book for you

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Excellent book about Lean production!

Great audiobook, happy they included a foreword and afterward to indicate what has happened since original publication

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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