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    Sharat pavan reddy
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    Ford, GM, and Chrysler were one of the strongest companies before but right now using their business to their Japanese and Korean rivals, why couldn’t “The big three” come up with waste reduction/lean methods of manufacturing is this happening because of cultural difference? Or marketing? Or business model?

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    MBBinWI
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    @sharatpavanreddy – why are you asking? What do you think?

    This looks like a homework question. We don’t do homework here.

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    Srikar
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    ” In many Japanese companies workers come together every morning for group calisthenics. Would that fly in an American corporation? My point is, the culture is not the important consideration. In my estimation, Lean works for one very good reason: It eliminates the top-down approach to process improvement and democratizes it by letting the people who are the primary stakeholders and who are actually doing the work come up with a way to do it better. In this sense it is as much American or European as it is Japanese.” – as said by Muhammad Thompson from http://www.lean.org/fusetalk/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=45&threadid=7205.

    I do believe in the same. It is just the way of doing things and the Japanese have done a fabulous job. They have learnt the American way of manufacturing, went back home and improvised by adding elements of their culture, passion, work styles and streamlining their operations.

    Globalization also did create a massive impact as it became evident that many companies can capture huge markets and in the process, companies learnt that they could save more if only they adopted Lean/other methodologies followed elsewhere.

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