The Routledge Companion to Lean Management | Torbjorn Netland

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 9.47.28 AMThe Routledge Companion to Lean Management is now available for pre-ordering. It is a compilation of contributions from multiple authors, edited by Torbjorn Netland, and Chapter 8 is my overview of Lean Logistics. The other co-authors include Dan Jones, Jim Womack, John Shook, Jeffrey Liker, Robert Hafey, John Bicheno, Glenn Ballard, Michael Ballé, Mary Poppendieck, and many others whose work I am not familiar with.

This is how Torbjorn and his fellow editor Daryl J. Powell describe the book:


“Following the continued spread of lean across industries and around the world, the interest for lean has grown significantly over the last decade.This book presents and summarizes the state-of-the-art of lean in diverse application areas — from the production floor to sales and marketing, from the automobile industry to universities.

It gathers a collection of chapters, written by leading experts and up-and-coming scholars from across the globe. It provides an overview of the “lean world” for academics, scholars, postgraduates, practitioners, and consultants.

We address challenges and opportunities for future development in each of the lean application areas considered. To illustrate current best practice, each chapter also includes a short case study.

Besides introductory chapters by Dan Jones & Jim Womack and Jeff Liker, the Routledge Companion to Lean Management consists of three parts:

  1. The Lean Enterprise
  2. Lean across Industries
  3. A Lean World
You need this book if you are working with lean, because:
  • it collects an extensive sample of expert global lean knowledge in one place,
  • it provides a detailed description of lean management across all parts of the lean enterprise, and
  • it offers important perspectives for applying lean across different industries.”
They have also produced the following video to introduce the book: