Summary of World Class Manufacturing

The Lessons of Simplicity Applied

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World Class Manufacturing book summary
World-class manufacturing demands integrated design, blended management and alignment of process, people and equipment. What does that mean? Read on...


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Richard J. Schonberger, author of the critically acclaimed book, Japanese Manufacturing Techniques, which revolutionized American manufacturing theory and practices, now examines how world-class manufacturing techniques can be implemented by American corporations. This 1986 classic remains valuable, since manufacturing changes do not happen overnight, and plenty of companies are far from world-class in their approach to efficiency and productivity. Schonberger writes clearly, authoritatively and often amusingly, covering every element of world-class manufacturing in detail. getAbstract recommends this book for everyone involved in the manufacturing process, not just mangers and executives, but all employees who seek a context and a future for their work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How world-class manufacturing (WCM) creates a sense of pride among every worker;
  • How WCM addresses the needs of the customer and manufacturer; and
  • How the concept of zero defects is the basis for quality control.


World-class manufacturing (known by the acronym WCM) focuses on blended management - rather than a separate group of managers, structured either bottom-up or top-down - that brings together resources for continual rapid improvement. To achieve such world-class status, companies...
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About the Author

Richard J. Schonberger  is an authority on production and manufacturing. The author of Japanese Manufacturing Techniques , he is also president of Schonberger and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm in Seattle. He was formerly a professor of management at the University of Nebraska.

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