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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.

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.



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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