Beyond the Lean Revolution
Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation
Authors: Deborah J. Nightingale, Jayakanth Srinivasan
Pub Date: August 2011
Print Edition: $34.95
Print ISBN: 9780814417096
Page Count: 256
e-Book ISBN: 9780814417102
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When you envision what your enterprise could be in the future – if all your ambitions for transformation go as planned – what do you see? If you had a crystal ball, and could view an image of where your enterprise is actually heading, would you be satisfied?
Many organizations engaged in change efforts make the mistake of focusing solely on the elimination of waste in specific departments or “silos.” That’s the “lean paradigm”—but it doesn’t take you far enough. To create full-fledged, dynamic transformation, you have to see beyond lean. You have to understand how every part of your enterprise works together, and ensure that every single function and department operates in tandem to deliver value consistently to each and every stakeholder.
Beyond the Lean Revolution provides you with a step-by-step, comprehensive framework for adopting a holistic approach that will enable you to see the big picture, use the right data to determine where things currently stand, and know what you need to do to bridge the gap from where your organization is to where it needs to be in the future.
Based on years of research and implementation, and filled with illuminating examples, the book shows you how to:
• Create and implement an actionable transformation plan for your organization.
• Institutionalize enterprise thinking at every level to effect genuine and positive change.
• Identify important stakeholders and understand how they exchange value with your organization.
• Ensure the commitment of senior leadership.
• Determine clear roles and responsibilities for those within the enterprise and beyond in the extended enterprise.
Providing you with hands-on tools as well as a proven method and data-driven set of principles successfully instituted in a diverse range of industries, the book enables you to take a clear-headed view of the current state of your organization, as well as develop a vision of its ideal state for the future.
“Lean” may be a good place to start – but it’s not enough if you want to effect real and lasting change in your organization. Beyond the Lean Revolution gives you the guidance you need to create and achieve an audacious vision of a future that is truly transformational.
Deborah J. Nightingale is Professor of the Practice of Engineering Systems and Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and Director of MIT’s Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development. She is coauthor of Lean Enterprise Value.
Jayakanth Srinivasan is a Research Scientist at MIT’s Lean Advancement Initiative. He conducts research across multiple industrial sectors on performance measurement, innovation, and architecting, with a focus on enabling knowledge-intensive organizations to achieve sustainable enterprise transformation.
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