Robert W. (Doc) HallProfessor Emeritus, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Dr. Hall is Professor Emeritus, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. In the late 1970s he came across “Japanese manufacturing,” and began sounding the alarm to manufacturers. Zero Inventories (1982) was the first of many “lean” books. In 1985 he was a cofounder of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. For 22 years he edited its publication, Target.
However “Doc” questions everything. The Soul of the Enterprise (1992) was a critique of Lean at the time. Compression (2009) proposes a major shift in business and economic practices to meet 21st century challenges – Compression Thinking, which one can think of as digging deeper than Lean. Doc is now chairman of the Compression Institute.