I just completed first draft of this paper for business review magazine of a city college of business administration. If it gets selected for publication, you will get to read the full paper on this site :). Here is the abstract:
Toyotaâ€™s pioneering work in automobile production systems continues to be among the most profound and radical departure from conventional thinking since the times of Henry Ford, and has led to unprecedented cost efficiencies and quality improvements for them. For long, it was thought to be a Japanese expertise â€“ one that could not be duplicated by non-Japanese people, or outside Japan. However, subsequent to Womack and Jonesâ€™ pioneering works, â€œThe Machine that Changed the Worldâ€ and â€œLean Thinkingâ€, it has not only been adopted outside Japan, its universal principles are also finding huge acceptance in other sectors and service industries throughout the world.
However, any process is only as good as the people involved in it and their thought process behind it. Toyotaâ€™s production system is not only about how the production flow is organized â€“ it includes fundamental aspects of professional ethics and work culture that are deeply ingrained in their thinking. These so-called â€œToyota Traditionsâ€ serve as the guiding light for managers and employees alike and continue to remain relevant as ever. They also are ubiquitously applicable in almost every stream of management.
It is this authorâ€™s firm belief that by merely adapting Toyotaâ€™s Lean Production System, one canâ€™t transform a normal organization to a Lean Enterprise. Alongside the changes in process, one must pay adequate attention to adapting the mindset behind Lean culture as well. With that context, I have analyzed and interpreted some of the Toyotaâ€™s Traditions that are most relevant in context of tomorrowâ€™s manager in this paper.
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