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The Next Factory of the World

by Irene Yuan Sun

• Important research on a crucial global business trend: the shifting of manufacturing to Africa and its implications.

• Fascinating story and perspective from an author with direct experience of how this...


Lean for the Cash-Strapped Leader: The Path to Growth and Profitability

by John E. Madigan, Todd C. Maher & Mohammad Ali

Created by Lean practitioners with real-world, results-proven track records, this book is designed to help struggling managers and leaders, interested in the benefits of Lean but bereft of budgets to hire full-time...


Visual Workplace Visual Thinking: Creating Enterprise Excellence Through the Technologies of the Visual Workplace, Second Edition

by Gwendolyn D. Galsworth

Visual Workplace/Visual Thinking (VWVT) was written by the acknowledged leading expert in workplace visuality. While other books touch upon visual workplace tools and practices, no other author has addressed...


The Hoshin Kanri Forest: Lean Strategic Organizational Design

by PhD, Javier Villalba-Diez

Strategic Lean management efforts significantly fail because leaders often lack a map of their organizations.?Written in a colloquial manner, The Hoshin Kanri Forest is for Lean practitioners who seek to design...


Early Equipment Management (EEM): Continuous Improvement for Projects

by Dennis McCarthy

When capital projects fail to deliver, it is usually not due to technical reasons but a combination of behavioral pitfalls, unclear accountabilities and gaps in design, specification, and/or project-management...


Lean Misconceptions: Why Many Lean Initiatives Fail and How You Can Avoid the Mistakes

by Cordell Hensley

It has been reported that about 70% of performance-improvement initiatives fail to achieve desired results. The primary causes are unrealistic expectations regarding effort and results and too much focus on...


Reliability Centered Maintenance - Reengineered: Practical Optimization of the RCM Process with RCM-R®

by Jesus R. Sifonte & James V. Reyes-Picknell

Reliability Centered Maintenance - Reengineered: Practical Optimization of the RCM Process with RCM-R® provides an optimized approach to a well-established and highly successful method used for determining...


Simple: Killing Complexity for a Lean and Agile Organization

by Barry L. Cross

The parameters of competition in business today are changing -- big does not necessarily beat small anymore; fast is beating slow. Agility, speed, and flexibility are the key elements of a successful strategy...


Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters

by Louis Uchitelle

From the longtime New York Times economics correspondent, a closely reported argument for the continuing importance of industry for American prosperity

In the 1950s manufacturing generated nearly 30 percent of...


Haier purpose: The real story of China's first global super company

by Hu Yong & Hao Yazhou

For the first time the story that is taught in business schools around the world is told from the inside. Haier purpose is a comprehensive guide to the strategies and innovation that made Haier the global phenomenon...


Economics of the Indian Steel Industry

by Susmita Dasgupta

Steel is the foundational material of modern civilization and constitutes the core of industry, and yet, it is overproduced across the world. This supply glut is reducing margins and turning steel into a sunset...


On Time, In Full: Achieving Perfect Delivery with Lean Thinking in Purchasing, Supply Chain, and Production Planning

by Timothy McLean

This book is a practical guide for manufacturers on how to meet a fundamental requirement - how to deliver to the customer the right product in the right quantity at the right time. While the concept of on-time...


Steam, Steel and Spark: The People and Power Behind the Industrial Revolution

by Baby Professor

Read about the Industrial Revolution and how that societal shift has affected millions of lives. Just imagine how you would feel when you suddenly have to work with machines and live with the pollution. But...


Building the Internet of Things

by Maciej Kranz

Connect your organization to the Internet of Things with solid strategy and a proven implementation plan

Building Internet of Things provides front-line business decision makers with a practical handbook for...


The Routledge Companion to Lean Management

by Torbjorn H. Netland & Daryl J. Powell

Interest in the phenomenon known as "lean" has grown significantly in recent years. This is the first volume to provide an academically rigorous overview of the field of lean management, introducing the reader...


The Innovation Tools Handbook, Volume 3: Creative Tools, Methods, and Techniques that Every Innovator Must Know

by H. James Harrington & Frank Voehl

This book focuses on the creative tools and techniques, decisions, activities, and practices that move ideas to realization generate business value. It has a unique leaning on learning and mastering the improvement...


The TWI Facilitator's Guide: How to Use the TWI Programs Successfully

by Donald A. Dinero

There are many books on TWI, but they don't include any new material. Practitioners have altered the programs without understanding the underlying principles. These changes have made the programs less effective....


Second Shift: The Inside Story of the Keep GM Movement: The Inside Story of the Keep GM Movement

by David Hollister, Ray Tadgerson & David Closs

The dynamic, collaborative management model that saved a U.S. manufacturing city

When car-making giant General Motors decided to close its plant in Lansing, Michigan, in 1996, one person-the city's newly elected...


Routledge Revivals: Localities (1989): The Changing Face of Urban Britain

by Philip Cooke

First published in 1989, this book examines seven different localities, ranging from the outer suburbs of large northern cities to small freestanding town, which were prospering in the 1980s or struggling against...


New Venture Formations in United States Manufacturing: The Role of Industry Environments

by Thomas J. Dean

This volume, originally published in 1995, investigates the variation in rates of new venture inititations across manufacturing industries. Based on Austrain and other perspectives on market disequilibrium,...