Countries Don’t Have Production Systems, Companies Do

“Companies Everywhere Copied Japanese Manufacturing. Now the Model Is Cracking. Concepts celebrated in business publications worldwide have been tarnished by a string of scandals. Japan’s reputation for flawless manufacturing quality and efficiency transformed the country’s postwar economy, changed business practices … Continue reading

Why Many Japanese Organizations Think Six Sigma Is A Joke | Ian Moore | Nipponica

“Six Sigma as a problem-solving methodology causes many hang-ups for Japanese managers. Many Americans seeking training in Six Sigma in Japanese organizations face resistance with little explanation as to why. This often leads to frustration and contempt towards management.  They … Continue reading

Visual management as a “tier 2” tool

In the TPS Principles and Practice discussion group on LinkedIn, Emmanuel Jallas asked whether visual management was a “lever to make other tools work, or  a tool by itself.” Visual management as embedded into other tools Visual management and Potemkin villages … Continue reading