Manufacturing, Western management theories and Japanese management practices.
This case can be used in project management or management-related courses at tertiary institutions at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.
This case provides students with an opportunity to find out what make Toyota so successful in manufacturing through its famous production system as well as the underlying Toyota Way principles. All students are expected to understand the Toyota Way model with a balanced view that goes beyond a set of lean tools such as just-in-time. This case opens a historical account for the Toyota Way model by connecting with possible Western management theories and Japanese management practices.
Expected learning outcomes
It is expected to significantly benefit students with industry experience with the intention of initiating appropriate changes in their own industry and/or organization by applying what they have learnt from the Toyota Way, through bridging with Western management theories.
Pheng, L.S. and Shang, G. (2011), "Bridging Western management theories and Japanese management practices: case of the Toyota Way model", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, Vol. 1 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/20450621111127395
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