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Exploiting the DNA of the Toyota Production System

Towill, Denis Royston 2007. Exploiting the DNA of the Toyota Production System. International Journal of Production Research 45 (16) , pp. 3619-3637. 10.1080/00207540701223436

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The recently published DNA coding for the Toyota Production System has been interpreted as a four-level prism model comprising vision, principles, toolbox, and learning organization. A series of material flow propositions relating to this model are advanced. This includes the smoothing of production, the strategic use of inventories, and the exploitation of industrial engineering techniques. These help explain and rationalize the apparent impact of ‘Japanization’ on a wide range of industries. A coherent picture thereby emerges from the available industrial evidence. This includes identification of a well-trodden improvement path from ‘traditional’ to ‘seamless’ operations based on uncertainty reduction leading to smooth material flow. Furthermore, TPS readily passes the predicated ‘transferability test’ between enterprises and between market sectors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Uncontrolled Keywords: TPS DNA; Smooth material flow; Industrial engineering; Inventory transparency
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0020-7543
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:07

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