Critique of Lean

Critique of Lean: Pathway to Improvement critically examines the fundamental nature of Lean management and its association to Toyota’s management system.

This rigorous and insightful critique challenges decades-old assertions of philosophical, technical, and evolutionary sameness. The result is a clear differentiation between Lean and Toyota’s management system.

Critique of Lean reveals the truth about Lean. In doing so, it provides valuable guidance to both the originators of Lean and the users of Lean for improving the product, Lean, with the intention to achieve better outcomes for all stakeholders.

Critique of Lean will change how you think about Lean.

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Reviews of Critique of Lean

“It’s an important read if you want to challenge your current Lean Paradigm.”Amazon Customer

“I think you’ll love Critique of Lean. Very clearly describes much of what is wrong with the Lean movement.”Tony Polidori

“I think that you should pull it from the market and rethink whether this is really what you want to say to the lean community… At best people will ignore it; at worst they will be highly offended.”Bill W.

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Critique of Lean: Pathway to Improvement

by Bob Emiliani
The CLBM, LLC, South Kingstown, RI, USA

200 pages • ISBN 978-0-9898631-7-9 • March 2017 • Price $20.00

Chapter 1 Failure to Learn from the Past
  Professor Monden’s Work Ignored
  Shingijutsu TPS Training
  Lean Did Not Learn from History
  The Wisdom of Henry Gantt
  Historical Parallels
  Same Six Criticisms from Workers
  History Matters
Chapter 2 Poor Interpretation of TPS
  No “Respect for People”
  Lean = TPS – Umami
  A Moving Target
  Lean Thinking
Chapter 3 Ignoring the Big Problems
  Leaning to Not See
  Lean Transformation Process Failure
  Lean for Capital, Not Labor
  How Economics Subverts Lean
Chapter 4 Failure to Improve
  Selective Adoration
  Enduring Misunderstandings
  Still Missing the Point
Chapter 5 What Next?
  The Long View
  Improving Lean Transformation Process
  Lean Transformation Models
  People Love Craft
Chapter 6 Closing Comments
  Summary of Criticisms
End Notes
About the Author