Man, was this ever interesting. I just read this in 2004 and it blew me away; I could only imagine how much of a stir this caused when first printed in 1990. I'm 10 times more knowledgeable about production process managament than I was before.
The book looks at TPS & lean manufacturing, versus more traditional mass production methods. Granted, in the 14 years since this book was published most industries are moving towards lean, but this book must have been an 800lb gorilla when it first came out.
Awesome book http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
|This is a report of worldwide significance, based on a co-operative venture between MIT and the world's largest car makers from three continents. The authors show in detail how Japan's innovative 'lean production' methods work, why the Japanese are beating Western manufacturing, and how, through international co-operation, some of this erosion can be impaired in the future. Written by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos. Hardback. 323 pages, Rawson Associates, 1st edition, May 1990. ISBN 0892563508|