IN THIS ISSUE:


PRINCIPLES & PURPOSE

  • Services: lessons from ToyotaNiklas Modig, Ryusuke Kosuge and Pär Åhlström of Stockholm School of Economics explain the Toyota Sales Logistics, looking at how the company adopted the principles developed for manufacturing in its dealerships.
  • Services and standards: stand off or stand up?Sarah Lethbridge of the Lean Enterprise Research Centre talks about the role of standards in an improvement programme in services.
  • Applying lean to servicesIn this article, Richard Bosworth of What If Forums looks at the differences in the application of lean in the manufacturing and service industries.
  • An evolution of theory and toolsAre the traditional lean principles applicable to services? Erik Gillet, former global head of operational excellence for financial accounting at Credit Suisse, revisits them.
  • Bringing order to chaosDrew Locher of Change Management Associates talks about standardisation in an office.

PROCESS FOCUS: PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

  • A value creating paradigmDr Ahmed Al-Ashaab explains the research on lead product development that is being conducted at Cranfield University.
  • Innovation: take the time, make the effortEver heard of value engineering? In this article, Craig Squires of SAVE International explains why this method is a fundamental tool for companies to innovate.

IT’S A LEAN WORLD: UNITED STATES

  • America the LeanLMJ visits the United States to meet a number of companies that have managed to achieve great results by applying lean to their operations. The case studies presented here are on companies as diverse as Ford, the Health Value Network and Starbucks. This month’s special is introduced by John Shook.

SPECIAL FEATURE

  • Lean on BoeingAs Boeing’s new plane, the 787 Dreamliner, visits the UK on its tour around the world, LMJ talks to the UK suppliers of the aircraft manufacturer. Roberto Priolo reports.

LEAN DIARY

  • Safe people and efficient machinesIn this column, LMJ observes the lean journey of Serbian manufacturer SCGM. Director Sandra Cadjenovic shares the most recent update on the company’s progress in its continuous improvement programme.

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