Preface


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Preface
PrefaceA PARADOX OF THE TOYOTA WAY is that though it is continually improving and changing, the core concepts remain consistent. We are continuously learning new aspects of the process and seeing different applications in different situations. Yet as our understanding deepens, the "basics" continually resurface, guiding decisions and methods.One thing that seems to shock many of the people we teach and advise is the difficulty even Toyota has had in globalizing the Toyota Way. Consider some of the icons of the Toyota Production System in North America: the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky; Toyota's joint venture with General Motors, NUMMI in California; and Toyota's largest supplier, Denso, in Battlecreek, Michigan. All three locations went through a dip on the Toyota Way around 2000 as they wer…
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Jeffrey K. Liker; David Meier: Toyota Way Fieldbook. Preface, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006), AccessEngineering Export