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From the PublisherTom Peters Co-author of In Search of Excellence and A Passion for Excellence Continuous improvement, with everyone involved, must become the American norm — or else. We must shed 150 years of wrong-headed thinking. Kiyoshi Suzaki makes an important contribution to our doing just that.
Lewis E. Platt Senior Vice President, Hewlett-Packard Company It's packed with examples which reinforce techniques for continuous improvement and stir the reader to action. It also helps us develop a common understanding of how to restore our competitive edge.
John L. Warne Former President and COO, Omark Industries An excellent resource for operating managers who want to bring their manufacturing up to world class.
Leonard A. Harvey Executive Vice President, Borg-Warner Corporation ...this book cuts through a lot of the mystique in modern manufacturing...it demonstrates, in a concise manner, the perceptions needed to make today's factory competitive.
Brian Kelley Plant Manager, Cummins Engine Company Suzaki's book is a practitioner's book — not another theory book.
Leonard J. Ricard Director-Inventory Management and Methods, General Motors Corporation This book is filled with practical techniques for improving quality and productivity together with scores of examples of the application of those techniques. It is a valuable handbook for all who must meet today's competitive manufacturing challenges.
Shoichi Saba Chairman and CEO, Toshiba Corporation Suzaki describes the core of Japanese manufacturing techniques...this simple yet very insightful work should be shared by business leaders and practitioners around the world.
J. Richard Iverson President and CEO, American Electronics Association Mr. Suzaki develops basic manufacturing approaches that will truly challenge the perceptive manager.
Robert W. Hall Professor of Operations Management, Indiana University School of Business Readers unfamiliar with the new production will find the book an easily read explanation of Japanese 'techniques...Experienced readers will find a great blend of current Japanese and American thinking.
Kenneth L. Thorpe Executive Vice President, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Every manufacturing manager and top executive should read this book to learn how they can gain an advantage over their competition through discipline, involvement and common sense.