Toyota Supply Chain Management: A Strategic Approach to Toyota's Renowned System

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The Toyota Production System is the benchmark used throughout the world for “lean” thinking. Now you can model your own processes after those of the company that “wrote the book on supply chain management.”

Written by two experts on the subject, along with a former Toyota senior executive, this book details the most celebrated supply chain operation in the world to help you form an integrated, synchronized system that will be the envy of your industry.

You will find key insight into the logic behind every point of Toyota’s supply chain, along with both the tactics and strategies you can use to build an outstanding system of your own. Toyota Supply Chain Management explains how to achieve balance and efficiency by focusing on:

  • Variety: Determine your variety of offerings based on operational efficiency and market demand
  • Velocity: Maintain a steady flow through all processes of the supply chain
  • Variability: Manage inconsistencies carefully to reduce cost and improve quality
  • Visibility: Ensure the transparency of all processes to enable continuous learning and improvement

The authors provide valuable insider tips and offer hands-on guidance for improvingproduction and operations in a variety of industries, including health care, insurance, banking, credit processing, and retailing.

With careful attention paid to every aspect of the subject—from principles and theories to operations and best practices—Toyota Supply Chain Management is the most comprehensive, insightful guide to forging a world-class supply chain system.

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About the author

Ananth V. Iyer is a Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. His supply-chain expertise spans a wide range of industries, from groceries and apparel to garbage pickup and automobiles.

Sridhar Seshadri is associate professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University, whose areas of research include buyer-supplier coordination and risk management in supply chains.

Roy Vasher is a former Toyota senior executive. In 1999, Vasher played a leading role in the company's efforts to reduce order-to-delivery lead time; in 2004, he served as best-practice consultant at Toyota's European headquarters during a similar initiative.

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Publisher
McGraw Hill Professional
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Published on
Mar 31, 2009
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780071623407
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Management
Business & Economics / Training
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Historically important trade routes for goods of all kinds for more than 3000 years, the Silk Road has once again come to prominence. Managing Supply Chains on the Silk Road: Strategy, Performance, and Risk present emerging supply chain practices from the Silk Road regions that include China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Iran, Central Asia, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, and Hungary. It takes a results-oriented, comparative approach to supply chain management covering structural, strategic, and operational topics.

The book first presents how the historical Silk Road supply chains operated and then provides new and interesting examples from different countries the Silk Road passed, from China to Europe. The text demonstrates that the supply chain concept and its related practices are not new, per se, and invented recently in the West. Rather, it was practiced for centuries along the Silk Road and became the foundation for today’s global supply chains. Against this backdrop, the book explores the differences and similarities along the Silk Road in the supply chain management process and what can be learned from them.

As supply chains become longer, leaner, and more scattered around the globe, performance and risk become two sides of a coin. Bringing together a diverse team of experts from academia and the business world, the book’s coverage spans not only regions, but industries. This fresh perspective provides insights for assessing performance and hedging risk and opens up new directions for research.

... Haksoz, Seshadri, and Iyer have brought together 28 scholars and business executives from different continents to share their perspectives about past and present trading activities along the Silk Road. ... [the book] examines a wide range of issues arising from a multicultural perspective. ... provides clear insights of the past and the present that will help academics and practitioners to gain a better understanding of the future.
-From the foreword by Christopher Tang, University of California, Los Angeles

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