Jeffrey K. Liker

CEO, Lean Leadership Institute

Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and a professional speaker and advisor through his company Liker Lean Advisors (LLI), an organization established with a network of associates to teach and consult in the Toyota Way. He is also CEO of Lean Leadership Institute, the home for online courses beginning with The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership.

Dr. Liker is author of the international best-seller, The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer (McGraw Hill, 2004), which speaks to the underlying philosophy and principles that drive Toyota's quality and efficiency-obsessed culture. The companion (with David Meier) Toyota Way Fieldbook (McGraw Hill, 2005) details how companies can learn from the Toyota Way principles. His book with Jim Morgan, The Toyota Product Development System (Productivity Press, 2006), is the first that details the product development side of Toyota. His articles and books have won nine Shingo Prizes for Research Excellence and The Toyota Way also won the 2005 Institute of Industrial Engineers Book of the Year Award and 2007 Sloan Industry Studies Book of the Year. In 2012 he was inducted into the Association of Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame. He is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant.

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Oct 19, 2014

Hoshin Kanri Helps Toyota Improve for the Long Term

Thanks to lessons learned from the recession, Toyota will be ready for the next economic downturn because of intensive and continuous improvement....More
Jun 09, 2014

O Recall, Recall! Wherefore Art Thou Recall?

Why are automotive recalls almost exclusively an American phenomenon?....More
May 12, 2014

What is Enterprise Lean and How do we Get There?

There is a large gap between the theory and the practice of enterprise lean....More
Mar 07, 2014

Is OEE a Useful Key Performance Indicator?

The only good argument for OEE is that at a macro-level in a plant it provides a high level picture of how your equipment is functioning....More
Feb 10, 2014

Is Lean a Waste Elimination Program or Striving for Excellence?

Focusing on problems in the current state drains our energy, while building a positive future vision to strive for builds positive energy for change....More
Dec 27, 2013

Getting Holiday Gifts through Lean: Zingerman's Mail Order

Before lean, it seemed to take Zingerman's 50 weeks to recover from a two-week tsunami of holiday orders....More
Dec 06, 2013

Confusion Over Standards: Limits or Basis for Innovation?

The standard is never perfectly achieved every time, but with improvement over time it is possible to reduce the variation in processes and then....More
Nov 14, 2013

Why Big Changes Require Many Small Changes: Kaizen and Kaikaku

Any breakthrough change requires a great deal of kaizen, some big breakthroughs in concepts and many small steps....More
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