SOURCE: Gemba Research LLC

May 03, 2007 20:54 ET

Father of Toyota Production System Delivers Insights in New English Translation of "Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management"

MUKILTEO, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2007 -- Gemba Press releases a new English translation of "Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management." The book is available now from Gemba Press at

This classic work by the founding father of the Toyota Production System returns to print in a new English translation. Ohno delivers timeless lessons on how to effectively manage the 'gemba,' the actual place where work is performed.

He relates stories from his nearly 40 years of struggle to establish the Toyota Production System as both a mindset and supporting behaviors of constant improvement.

In the book's 38 chapters, Ohno covers a broad range of topics and lays out the fundamental philosophy of kaizen (continuous improvement) that has made Toyota the most successful automobile manufacturer today.

"This book brings to us Taiichi Ohno's philosophy of workplace management -- the thinking behind the Toyota Production System. I personally get a thrill down my spine to read these thoughts in Ohno's own words. My favorite part is his discussion of the misconceptions hidden within common sense and how management needs a revolution of awareness." -- Dr. Jeffrey Liker, Director, Japan Technology Management Program, University of Michigan and Author, "The Toyota Way"

About the Author

Taiichi Ohno was born in Dalian, China on February 29, 1912. He joined Toyoda Boshoku in 1932 after graduating from the mechanical engineering department of Nagoya Technical High School.

He was transferred to Toyota Motor Company in 1943, and he was named as the machine shop manager in 1949. He was promoted at Toyota to director in 1954, managing director in 1964, senior managing director in 1970, and executive vice president in 1975.

Taiichi Ohno retired from Toyota in 1978. He died on May 28, 1990 in Toyota City, Japan.

About the Translator

Jon Miller was born and raised in Japan. He is the President of Gemba Research in Seattle, Washington. Gemba Research specializes in teaching Toyota Production System methods to clients worldwide.

"Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management"
Publisher: Gemba Press
Author: Taiichi Ohno
Translation: Jon Miller
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
Hardcover: 134 pages
List Price: $47.95
ISBN: 0-9786387-5-1
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For review copies of "Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management" contact Charles "Luke" Lukey of Gemba Press at or at 425-356-3150.

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