Story About Chinese Companies Learning Lean


Lean Journey – The Never Ending Story

Good article here on a group of Chinese executives coming to Canada to learn about lean (talk about a global economy).

The author says:
“Labour cost was not their main motivation, although it was still a factor. Their interest was on the other less obvious benefits. Lean, as they very well understood, is about providing the best quality product or service to the customer at the right cost and the right time, all the while creating and maintaining flexibility in meeting constantly changing customer needs.”

I would still be curious to see how “lean” the best Chinese factories are. Even if they are not concerned about labor costs primarily (as many American companies seem to be), any lessons they can learn about improving quality using lean methods will benefit all of us, as customers of Chinese products. But, it also helps make them more competitive compared to the factories we work in. What do you think?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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