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29. The Elegant Solution Auteur(s): Matthew May Aantal pagina’s: 236 ISBN: 9781847370273 “Toyota is becoming a double threat: the world’s <nest manufacturer and a truly great innovator . . . that formula, a combination of production prowess and technical innovation, is an unbeatable recipe for success.” — Fortune, February 2006 For the <rst time, an insider reveals the formula behind Toyota’s unceasing quest to innovate and do more with less, a philosophy that has made it one of the ten most pro<table companies in the world (and worth more than GM, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and Honda combined). In a rare look into Toyota’s ability to consistently achieve breakthroughs that outperform the competition, The Elegant Solution explains what Toyota associates have known all along: it’s not about the cars. Rather, Toyota’s astounding success is just the visible result of a hidden creative process that begins with a seven-digit number. One million. That’s how many new ideas the Toyota organization implements every year. These ideas come from every level of the organization — from the factory =oors to the corporate suites. And organizations all over the world want to learn how it’s done. Now senior University of Toyota advisor Matthew May shows how any company can achieve an environment of everyday innovation and discover the kinds of elegant solutions that hold the power to change the game forever. World-class benchmarks like Lexus, Prius, Scion — even Toyota’s vaunted production system — are simply shining examples of elegant solutions. 104 | The Elegant Solution

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