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The Machine That Changed the World

Narrated by: Fred Sanders
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The classic, nationally best-selling 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. 

©2007 Daniel T. Jones, Daniel Roos, James P. Womack (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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More about car manufacturing than lean manufacturing principals.

The book seemed like it was more about a comparison between lean and mass production.

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Brilliant but a little dated

A classic of business writing, with a huge amount of research behind it. The reader should aware that the book was written 30 years ago and while it certainly anticipates the North American auto industry's grave problems since 2008, doesn't deal with them directly.

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  • Turnthepage
  • 2019-12-27

Classic on lean manufacturing.

This book is the classic and needs to be read for everyone who is interested in the evolution and creation of lean manufacturing. The book provides an excellent history of mass production and then explains how lame production came into being. It provides excellent data supporting the benefits of lean manufacturing. It also spent some time on the overall use of lien and other adjacent functions such as research and development. They must read for those Interested in lean.

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  • Nicholas Lesiecki
  • 2019-09-09

only half useful for the modern reader

A fascinating treatise on car manufacture c.1990. Despite many good ideas, the book becomes dated halfway through--devolving into inside baseball on the forecasted fortunes of various firms in the 1990s. Worth skimming through the first half and then skipping ahead to the afterword which corrects some major errors in the first half!

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  • Watchdog
  • 2019-04-26

great history of lean and manufacturing<br />

the narrator has a very breathy voice that took about 30 seconds to get used to it and I find it terrific, wonderful story that applies to today

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-13

Classic marking the origin of Lean methodology.

i would recommend this as a starter book on the topic of Lean. Narrator was good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-23

The fundamentals of Lean

amazing book. if you want to learn abuot the start of lean this is the book for you

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  • Harry
  • 2018-12-10

Excellent book about Lean production!

Great audiobook, happy they included a foreword and afterward to indicate what has happened since original publication

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  • flo pag
  • 2018-06-11

very interesting, but a little boring at times

I like the book overall, it kind of dragged the little, but was pretty interesting and insightful when it comes to the manufacturing process

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  • Brion Hurley
  • 2018-04-11

Good summary of Toyota compared to other auto makers

If you want to learn about the research that introduced the term Lean, along with a breakdown of how Toyota runs their business differently than other automakers, you will enjoy this book. Great for lean practitioners. Includes metrics on why TPS is a better approach than mass production.