By seeing a business as a "value system" for customers, companies can shift lean strategic priorities towards growth-oriented targets instead of cost-cutting. Instead of squeezing additional margins to boost the bottom line, lean philosophy can increase demand response and sales, while maintaining and lowering cost per unit—thus enabling lower prices, a competitive edge, and more business.
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within manufacturing facilities? And, even if a manager has evidence (or faith) that Lean is worth trying, how can he or she avoid being one of the many failed case studies? Key Observations Over the past several years, we've personally witnessed many effective and ineffective Lean initiatives. In the book, The Machine that Changed the World, Womack, et. al., made the case for a Lean enterprise employing the principles identified and developed by Toyota. And, US companies, primarily the manufacturing