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Arnaldo Camuffo

Arnaldo Camuffo

Scientific Director, Lean Enterprise Center (Italy)
Arnaldo Camuffo, Scientific Director of the Lean Enterprise Center, Italy, is Professor of Business Organization at Bocconi University, Milan. Previously, he taught at the University of Padova and at the University of Venice and held visiting positions at the Industrial Performance Center of M.I.T., the School of Management of the University of Michigan, Dearborn and at the Universidad Deusto, San Sebastian. He holds a BS and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Venice, and a Master of Science in Management (SM’90), from the Sloan School of Management M.I.T. After joining the International Motor Vehicle Program at M.I.T. in the early 1990, he started working on Lean, visiting Japan several times, studying the Toyota production systems and its application in Italian firms across the world. He has published books (the most recent is Automation in Automotive Industries. Recent Developments, Berlin, Springer, 1999 with A. Comacchio and G. Volpato), articles and essays on Lean (among them “Rolling out a “world car”: globalization, outsourcing and modularity in the auto industry” in Korean Journal of Political Economy, 2004, “Partnering in the global auto industry: the FIAT-GM strategic alliance”, in International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2002 (with Giuseppe Volpato) , “Italy: changing the workplace in the auto industry”, in T.A. Kochan, R.D. Lansbury, J.P. MacDuffie (eds.), After lean production: evolving employment practices in the world auto industry, Cornell University Press, Itacha, 1997 (with Giuseppe Volpato), “Mediterranean Lean Production? teamwork, supervisors and new forms of work organization in three european car makers, in Journal of Management and Governance, 1997 (with Stefano Micelli), “Dynamic capabilities and assembly automation in the Italian Automobile Industry: a study of FIAT Auto plants”, in Industrial and Corporate Change, 1996 (with Giuseppe Volpato) and “The labor relations heritage and lean manufacturing at FIAT”, in The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 1995 (with Giuseppe Volpato). His research also appeared in the Strategic Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Industrial Relations, Industry and Innovation, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, International Journal of Training and Development. Arnaldo Camuffo has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, is involved in executive education, and helps several firms applying Lean thinking principles and tools.