Five books published by Productivity Press have won the 2007 Shingo Research Prize.
We’re proud of this, of course. I usually don’t use the blog to sing the praises of our company or products, but I would like to devote a little space to talking about these books.
The books are:
- Hoshin Kanri for the Lean
: Developing Competitive Capabilities and Managing Profit, by Thomas Jackson Enterprise
- Inside the Mind of
: Management Principles for Enduring Growth, by Satoshi Hino Toyota
- Lean Software Strategies: Proven Techniques for Managers and Developers, by Peter Middleton and James Sutton
Product Development System: Integrating People, Process, and Technology, by James Morgan and Jeffrey Liker Toyota
- The TWI Workbook: Essential Skills for Supervisors, by Patrick Graupp and Robert Wrona
We understand that a majority of the authors of these five books will be attending at least part of the Shingo Prize conference March 26-29 in
Note that these books do not focus on tools or tactics. Three of them – Hoshin Kanri, Inside the Mind of Toyota, and The
We also publish books devoted to tools and tactics. But the Shingo organization, rightly, is focusing more on strategies and key principles in selecting prize winners. Our website includes a page devoted to all the books we publish that have won the prize.
A research prize was also awarded this year to an unpublished article (which had nothing to do with us). Its title is “Lean Dilemma: Choose System Principles or Management Controls – Not Both,” by H. Johnson. According to the Shingo news release, this article “explains that despite enormous attention paid to
Perhaps a journal or magazine will now publish that article. I’d like to read it.
The purpose of the Research Prize is to recognize and promote outstanding research and writing regarding new knowledge and understanding of manufacturing consistent with the philosophy of the Shingo Prize. The Research Prize had 21 applicants this year, including workbooks, papers, websites and DVDs.
The greatest wisdom comes by accumulating knowledge from a wide range of sources – not just our books. But I hope you’ll include at least some of the books in your lean library.