This book develops a new model for lean management. The intent is to demonstrate a model framework consisting of four critical components: leadership, culture, team and tools. The development of the model and these four components will be built from empirical theories reported in the research literature and in successful applications. This framework will offer a path to develop lean leaders with practical, actionable guidelines. The model framework is suited to broad applications offering practical guidelines for manufacturing and service environments alike. The lean model will develop each of these four components, explaining their relevance and importance for guiding internal lean initiatives. In developing the model, the text will chronicle the historical development of lean noting the significant lean contributions, contributors, and dates of these contributions.
Dr. Gene Fliedner is an associate professor at Oakland University where he has been a member of the Decision and Information Sciences Department since 1995. Prior to joining the faculty at Oakland University, he was an assistant professor and a member of the Business Analysis Department at Texas A&M University. He received his DBA and MBA in operations management from Indiana University, and his BBA from Texas Christian University. Dr. Fliedner has published in numerous premier business journals and is a member of several professional societies.