Book: The Outstanding OrganizationAuthor: Karen MartinThe Outstanding Organization by Karen Martin, the 2012 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award winner, takes a fresh look at problems and problem solving. The problem Martin addresses is the reason improvement programs fail: chaos.
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Book: The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for InnovationAuthor: Ron AdnerRon Adner invites readers to take a larger view of technology to achieve success. Innovative companies tend to focus on their new technology in isolation and often ignore the larger technology ecosystem required for successful adoption. Adner provides examples such as Philips' high-definition television in the mid-1980s that was a breakthrough in technology, but depended on other innovations such as high definition cameras and transmission standards. He points to Sony suffering a similar blind spot with its e-reader where customers did not have easy access to e-books. Both failures resulted in huge write-downs that left them with little to show for their innovation. Years later, these innovations became successful with the supporting technology and infrastructure in place.Read more about the book
Book: Creating a Lean and Green Business SystemAuthors: Keivan Zokaei, Hunter Lovins, Andy Wood, and Peter HinesPublisher: CRC PressCreating a Lean and Green Business System is packed with case studies and examples of companies going lean and green simultaneously. The book reminds us that there's so much more to 'lean' than simply cutting waste and reducing costs to protect the bottom line. Indeed, the authors suggest that those companies that obsess about waste and cost reduction, to the exclusion of all else, will never secure the profound cultural changes on which true success increasingly depends.
Book: The AdvantageAuthor: Patrick LencioniPublisher: Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 2012
The Advantage proposes a new approach to achieve organizational improvement. Rather than spending resources in conventional improvement areas such as marketing, strategy or technology, Lencioni suggests focusing on eliminating the root causes of politics, dysfunction, confusion and bureaucracy. Lencioni believes too many leaders are focused on becoming smarter. Instead, leaders should focus on becoming healthier, which allows an organizaion to utilize the intelligence and expertise already availble.
Book: Everybody's Business: Engaging Your Total Enterprise to Boost Quality, Speed, Savings and InnovationAuthor: Marta WilsonPublished by: Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2012Hardcover, 155 pages
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Book: Lean Production Simplified, Second EditionA Plain-Language Guide to the World's Most Powerful Production SystemAuthor: Pascal DennisPublished by: Productivity Press, 2007Shingo Prize winner for Excellence in Manufacturing Research, 2006Soft Cover, 192 Pages, US $32.42
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Book: Design for Six Sigma in Product and Service Development: Applications and Case StudiesAuthors: Elizabeth A. Cudney, Ph.D., Missouri University of Science & Technology, and Sandra Furterer, Ph.D., Southern Polytechnic State UniversityPublished by: CRC Press, June 2012Hard Cover, 444 pages, U.S. $79.95Article by Elizabeth Cudney about the book
Book: Managing Performance in Turbulent Times: Analytics and InsightAuthors: Andy Neely, director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, and Ed BarrowsPublished by: John Wiley & Sons, 2011Hard Cover, 277 Pages, U.S. $49.95Article by Andy Neely on book
Book: Staying Lean, Second EditionAuthors: Peter Hines, Pauline Found, Gary Griffiths and Richard HarrisonPublished by: CRC Press/Productivity PressSoft Cover, 259 pages, U.K. £25.99 or U.S. $39.95This book is written for all the individuals and companies that are applying a lean approach. The first edition of this publication received a Shingo Research & Professional Publication Prize in 2009. Explaining how to create and sustain a lean business, it followed Cogent Power's early journey. This new edition explores how the journey continued after several senior managers moved on, steel prices fell and the credit crisis struck. Did they manage to thrive, not just survive? More about the book