LeanBlog Podcast #39 – Jeff Liker on His Book Toyota Culture, Part 2



Here is LeanBlog Podcast #39, once again featuring Dr. Jeffrey Liker, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Liker is most recently the co-author (with Michael Hoseus) of Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way and many other books, which can be found here on amazon.com.

This is part 2 of what will be a 3-part podcast series, so be sure to check back. Today, we talk about some of the challenges that organizations face in trying to adopt a Lean Culture.

Click for the entire series with Prof. Liker.

For earlier episodes, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple Podcasts.

LeanBlog Podcast #39 Key Points & Links

  • Will Dr. Liker be writing more about companies who have gone through the Lean culture transformation, examples other than Toyota, ala his earlier book, Becoming Lean: Inside Stories of U.S. Manufacturers?
  • Bob Emiliani's book on Wiremold: Better Thinking, Better Results
  • Case Study and Analysis of an Enterprise-Wide Lean Transformation
  • Why is it so hard to find examples of companies that have really adopted a Lean culture?
  • Thoughts on the impact of top American leaders departing Toyota (Jim Press and Gary Convis)

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Mark Graban
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.


  1. I would like to know what Dr Liker thinks of how the toyota factory worker is being treated based on the comments in the news lately??


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