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New Textbook on Principles and Practices of Lean

Based on three decades of teaching experience, Principles and Practices of Lean Production introduces the Lean philosophy and illustrates the effective application of Lean tools with real-world case studies. From fundamental concepts to integrated planning and control in pull production and the supply chain, the text provides a complete introduction to Lean production. Coverage includes small batch production, setup reduction, pull production, preventive maintenance, standard operations, as well as synchronizing and scheduling lean operations. Detailing the key principles and practices of lean production, the text also:

  • Illustrates effective implementation techniques with case studies from a range of industries
  • Includes questions and completed problems in each chapter
  • Explains how to effectively partner with suppliers and employees to accomplish productivity goals

Designed for students with a basic foundation in production and operations management, the text provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of Lean. It also offers practitioners the practical know how to implement Lean’s culture of continuous improvement on the shop floor or in the office, creating a heightened sense of responsibility and pride in all stakeholders involved and enhancing productivity and efficiency to improve the bottom line.

About the Author

John Nicholas is professor of operations management at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches in the areas of production and operations management, healthcare management, project management, and global operations management. He first introduced a course on lean production at Loyola in 1990. As a management consultant he has conducted productivity improvement projects and training programs in process improvement, quality circles, project management, and teamwork.

He is the author of numerous academic and technical trade publications and four books, including The Portal to Lean Production: Principles and Practices for Doing More with Less and Project Management for Business, Engineering and Technology: Principles and Practices.

Prior to Loyola John held the positions of test engineer and team lead for Lockheed/Martin Corporation, senior business analyst at Bank of America, and research associate at Argonne National Laboratory. He has a BS in aerospace engineering and an MBA in operations research and management, both from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in industrial engineering and applied behavioral science from Northwestern University.

About Productivity Press

Productivity Press is the premier source of authoritative information on organizational improvement, offering the broadest selection of books and learning tools about lean methodologies, based on the Toyota Production System. For more information visit our website at Productivity Press is a division of The Taylor and Francis Group,

Lean Production for Competitive Advantage: A Comprehensive Guide to Lean Methodologies and Management Practices

Price:  $79.95
ISBN:  9781439820964
Publication Date: July 6, 2010
Number of Pages: 527
Binding: Hardback

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