Taiichi Ohno wrote this seminal book in 1978. As one of Toyota Motor Company’s first mechanical engineers, he was inspired by the principles developed by Toyota’s founder Toyoda Kiichirō. Part manual and part philosophical treatise on efficiency, Ohno’s guide honors the Japanese automotive pioneer’s innovations in manufacturing. This 1988 edition translates the original Japanese version into English. Its overview of the Toyota manufacturing process will appeal to historians and to all those interested in the “just-in-time” ethos that now dominates the globalized economy.
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Taiichi Ohno joined the Toyota Motor Company in 1943. He worked as a shop-floor supervisor in the engine manufacturing department and rose to become executive vice president in 1975.
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