The classic, nationally bestselling book that first articulated the principles of lean production, with a new foreword and afterword by the authors. When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Twenty years later Toyota passed GM as the world's largest auto maker. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota's lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success. Authors Womack, Jones, and Roos provided a comprehensive description of the entire lean system. They exhaustively documented its advantages over the mass production model pioneered by General Motors and predicted that lean production would eventually triumph. Indeed, they argued that it would triumph not just in manufacturing but in every value-creating activity from health care to retail to distribution. Today The Machine That Changed the World provides enduring and essential guidance to managers and leaders in every industry seeking to transform traditional enterprises into exemplars of lean success.
James P. Womack ist Unternehmensberater. Er war Forschungsbeauftragter im Japan-Programm des Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Inzwischen leitet er das weltweit tätige Lean Enterprise Institute. Professor Daniel T. Jones war Direktor des Lean Enterprise Research Centre an der Cardiff University. Er ist Unternehmensberater und hat in England eine Tochter des Lean Enterprise Institute gegründet.