Our book Rebirth of American Industry is getting close to its publishing date.
Brian Maskell gave us the first review:
Review of “Rebirth of American Industry”
by William Waddell and Norman Bodek
This excellent book will make some enemies. It is outspoken, hard-hitting, and correct. The authors answer the question “why have so few American companies successfully transformed themselves into lean organizations”. They take us back to the origins of lean at Ford Motor Company and Toyota, and contrast them with the modern American manufacturer.
The authors show that the management methods and accounting systems developed by Alfred Sloan and Pierre Dupont at General Motors are fundamentally in opposition to lean thinking, yet these methods are ubiquitous and are even written into some of our laws and many of our accounting standards.
Companies that try to implement lean tools in production without dismantling and reinventing their management and accounting methods are doomed to failure. When senior managers focus on stock price and margins it is impossible for operations people to succeed with lean manufacturing beyond some production improvement.
The solutions advocated will be unpopular because they cut to the heart of “professional” management theory and show that the lean transformation must start not on the shop-floor but by active transformation in the executive offices.
Brian H. Maskell, President of BMA Inc., - author of
Performance Measurement for World Class Manufacturing (1991), Software and the Agile Manufacturer (1993), New Performance Measures (1994), Making the Numbers Count; the accountant as an agent of change (1996), and the software product Putting Performance Measurement to Work (1999)