Toyota and "Gung Ho"

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Why Toyota Is Afraid Of Being Number One

In this Business Week piece about Toyota's fear of a backlash against them, with their continued success, there was this tidbit I found interesting:

“That same year [as NUMMI opened], a Ron Howard comedy called Gung Ho appeared; it contrasted the American and Japanese work ethic at a car plant operated by an Asian company called Assan Motors. (Toyota later used the film as an example of how not to manage Americans.)”

Who knew?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is 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. His latest book has been released as an "in-progress" book, titled Measures of Success.

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  1. […] story reminds me of fictional, comic tensions in the movie “Gung Ho” about a Japanese company buying an American car plant. That movie came out in 1984, the same […]

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