Large scale problem-solving: earthquake recovery in Japan’s car industry

Via Scoop.itlean manufacturing
In the midst of its gravest crisis, the industry turned to the same principles that had turned it into an international powerhouse, one that has been widely examined as a case study of how to build a global champion. In the days and weeks after the quake, Japanese companies put into play the well-honed doctrines of problem-solving, continuous improvement, root cause analysis and teamwork – extending even to co-operation between rivals that battle each other mercilessly in the marketplace.