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Lets Fix It!: Overcoming the Crisis in Manufacturing
Lets Fix It!: Overcoming the Crisis in Manufacturing Richard J. Schonberger 0743215516 9780743215510 No company is built to last, argues world-renowned manufacturing guru Richard J. Schonberger. After sixteen years of prosperity,
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Lets Fix It!: Overcoming the Crisis in Manufacturing by Richard J. Schonberger

No company is built to last, argues world-renowned manufacturing guru Richard J. Schonberger. After sixteen years of prosperity, he shows, nearly 75 percent of the worlds most admired manufacturing companies have slipped badly from their peaks in 1995. In this devastating indictment of current manufacturing practices, Schonberger submits a four-part revolutionary plan to solve the manufacturing crisis for good. From his statistically reliable database of 500 top global manufacturers, Schonberger finds that by the critical worldwide standard of lean production -- shedding inventories -- General Motors, General Electric, Toyota, and other world leaders have stopped improving. He presents powerful evidence that in recent years record profits have covered up waste and weakness. Clearly a lack of will to renew and recover from the natural tendency toward regression and erosion, it is more than a matter of garden-variety complacency -- devastating as that is in this new era of global hypercompetition. Schonberger asserts that the inclination of industry leaders to engage in stock hyping to gain a quick fix from the dot-com explosion has distracted attention from the basics of world-class excellence. Among other villains contributing to the crisis, Schonberger contends, are newly hired managers with no trial-by-fire experience; bad equipment, systems, and job design; and retention of unprofitable customers and anachronistic command-and-control managerial hierarchies. What to do? Just as he introduced the legendary just-in-time framework to the West in the 1980s, Schonberger prescribes strong medicine to cure our current malaise. Find your blind spots, he says. Roll confusing, time-sapping initiatives into a master program that is immune from the flavor of the month. Put lean into heavy-handed control systems. Develop products and standardize processes at home base for ease of migrating volume production anywhere in the world. Timely and essential, Lets Fix It! will be warmly welcomed by the legions of Schonberger readers and every manufacturing manager who believes passionately in continuous improvement.

Author: Richard J. Schonberger

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 304

Publisher: Free Press

Publication Date: 2001-12-04

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ISBN: 0743215516


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