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The Machine That Changed the World
The Machine That Changed the World
by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos

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When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Today Toyota is passing GM as the world's largest auto maker and is the most consistently successful global enterprise of the past fifty years. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota's lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success.

Now reissued with a new Foreword and Afterword, Machine contrasts two fundamentally different business systems -- lean versus mass, two very different ways of thinking about how humans work together to create value. Based on the largest and most thorough study ever undertaken of any industry -- MIT's five-year, fourteen-country International Motor Vehicle Program -- this book describes the entire managerial system of lean production.

Nearly twenty years ago, 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.

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Publisher:  Free Press
ISBN-13:  978-0-7432-9979-4
SKU:  9794
Publication Date:  April 9, 1990
Number of Pages:  352
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James P. Womack
Management expert James P. Womack, Ph.D., is the founder and senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., a nonprofit training, publishing, conference, and management research company chartered in August 1997 to advance a set of ideas known as lean production and lean thinking, based initially on Toyota’s business system and now being extended to an entire lean management system.

Womack is also the author of widely known books such as: The Machine That Changed the World, Lean Thinking, and Seeing the Whole Value Stream. His newest book is a collection of letters and essays, called Gemba Walks.

Womack received a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1970, a master's degree in transportation systems from Harvard in 1975, and a Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1982 (for a dissertation on comparative industrial policy in the U.S., Germany, and Japan). During the period 1975-1991, he was a full-time research scientist at MIT directing a series of comparative studies of world manufacturing practices. As research director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program, Womack led the research team that coined the term “lean production” to describe the Toyota Production System.

Womack served as the Institute's chairman and CEO from 1997 until 2010 when he was succeeded by John Shook.

Daniel T. Jones
Founder and Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the U.K., Daniel T. Jones is a senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, management thought leader, and mentor on applying lean process thinking to every type of business.

He is the author with James P. Womack of the influential and popular management books that describe the principles and practice of lean thinking in production, The Machine that Changed the World, and Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Organization, and the workbook Seeing the Whole Value Stream. He is also the publisher of Breaking Through to Flow, Creating Lean Dealers, and Making Hospitals Work.

Jones is an advisor to organizations making lean transformations, including Unipart, where he helped establish the first company university in the U.K., Tesco, and Portsmouth Hospital. Jones was the European Director of MIT's Future of the Automobile and International Motor Vehicle Programs. After a research career at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research in London, the Sussex European Research Centre, and Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, he was appointed Professor of Manufacturing Management and founded the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff University Business School. He was a member of the U.K. government's task forces on Rethinking Construction, Manufacturing Futures, Automotive Innovation, and Growth and Skills for Sustainable Communities. He is advisor to the European Efficient Consumer Response movement and editor of the International Commerce Review. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sussex.

Daniel Roos
Dr. Roos was Founding Director of the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP) and the Founding Director of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division (ESD) from 1998–2004. Dr. Roos received the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research and the Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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