Supplier Relationships in a Lean Enterprise


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Here is the latest posting from Darren Dolcemascolo, who also publishes a lean email newsletter (and does lean consulting, as well).

“First of all, “open book” or transparent costing must be in place. That is, the buyer should be able to know how much it costs the supplier to produce components. “

Working a company that is trying (at least on some level) to get lean, this one would be a huge barrier — the need to build trust. Whether it's procurement building trust with suppliers or management building trust with workers, it can't happen overnight.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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