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The Toyota Kaizen Continuum


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Introduction. Foundational Elements of the Toyota Production System. Why the Toyota Production System Makes Sense: Common Sense. Common Misconceptions and Misunderstandings Regarding the Toyota Production System. Waste Management ... Improving the Manufacturing Process One Kaizen at a Time. The Golden Rules of the Toyota Production System. Execution. Index.

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John Stewart is an operating partner with the private equity firm Monomoy Capital Partners in New York. Mr. Stewart's professional experience includes 18 years with Toyota Motor Corporation in various operational and executive positions. During his time with Toyota, he worked his way from working as a Team Member on the Assembly line to managing the Vehicle Assembly Division for Toyota's largest European operation in the United Kingdom. Mr. Stewart was recognized within Toyota as being an expert at utilizing the Toyota Production System to effect change in various environments. He was often selected for some of the toughest assignments in Toyota, culminating in the turnaround of the operations in the United Kingdom. He spent over 88 weeks in Japan with Toyota. During this time, Mr. Stewart was trained by some of Toyota's most talented Japanese masters on all things relating to the Toyota Production System. Mr. Stewart is a recognized leader in the automotive and manufacturing industry and is frequently sought after to serve as a Sr. Advisor to manufacturers across the globe. He was named one of the top 10 automotive executives by Automotive News in 2007.

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