Beyond World-Class Productivity: Industrial Engineering Practice and Theory

Beyond World-Class Productivity: Industrial Engineering Practice and Theory

by Shigeyasu Sakamoto


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From the automotive industry to the semiconductor industry, manufacturers are suffering from an overabundance of automation methods that they cannot fully comprehend or afford, and glamorous leadership techniques that are simply not sustainable. In this respect, management has lost its way. Beyond World-Class Productivity shows why a return to traditional tools and the power of people can help companies meet today’s challenges in the manufacturing sector.

Beyond World-Class Productivity gives readers a balance of essential information, theory and case studies. Readers can expect to gain new insights into engineering approaches to productivity, profitability and real or non-real gain, including:
• useful tools for industrial engineering
• effectiveness in unit labor costs;
• feasibility studies
• work simplification; and
• developing mind innovation.
Practical examples and their accompanying commentary come from the author’s 40 years of real-world experience on the shop floor and in the boardroom. Figures are also provided to illustrate actual productivity results from real companies.

Both managers and engineers can appreciate Beyond World-Class Productivity as an enlightening guide to the improvement of productivity and profitability within the manufacturing sector.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447160670
Publisher: Springer London
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 231
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Shigeyasu Sakamoto is a management consultant in productivity improvement and president of Productivity Partner Incorporation. Before his current appointment, Dr Sakamoto was vice president of Maynard MEC AB (Sweden) and vice president of JMAC (Japan).

Dr Sakamoto is a Fellow at the World Academy of Productivity Science. He received his doctorate degree of policy science from the Graduate School of Doshisha University in Japan and is certified as a P.E. by the Japanese government. He is also certified as an industrial engineer by the European Institute of Industrial Engineers, an MTM instructor by the International MTM Directorate (IMD), and a MOST instructor by Maynard Management Institute. He worked for the IMD as the technical coordinator responsible for developing a new system of MTM. Dr Sakamoto is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is also a Work Factor and Mento Factor Instructor for WOFAC Corporation.

Dr. Sakamoto has published many books and papers in English and Japanese regarding productivity, industrial engineering and work measurement. Recently, he explored the subject of company dignity through experiences as management consultant of productivity. Dr. Sakamoto insists that the fundamentals for a higher level of Syakaku* are only achieveable through a higher level of profitability based on a higher level of productivity.

*Shakaku is company dignity; that is, intentional management of the compatibility of social and economical items, and reconsideration of wealth or welfare.

Table of Contents

Strategy for Improving Profitability and Productivity.- Changing Strategy for Productivity and Profitability Activity.- Systematic Approach for Manufacturing Strategy.- General Meaning of Engineering As It Relates to Management.- Theory of Productivity.- Definition of Productivity/Requirements for Improving It.- Outline of the Engineering Approach to Productivity.- Three Dimensions of Productivity.- Methods Design Concept.- Work Measurement.- White-collar Productivity.- Monitoring Productivity.- MBM: Measurement/Monitoring-based Management.- Keys to Success for Improved Management.- Changing for Productivity.

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