In this series of blog posts,  CSIC volunteer and sourcing expert Renaud Anjoran of AQF offers a review of  various China business books and gives his opinion on their relevance to the typical international buyer.

I read a number of articles about operations best practices (often called “lean” or “kaizen”). The basic idea was to copy the tools and systems adopted by the best companies (such as Toyota).

This book sheds a new light on the way Toyota manages its operations. Kanban or leveling are only intermediary stages, that would ideally disappear in the long-term march to on-demand one-by-one flow. Not only are they not goals in themselves, but they are also not designed to be implemented and stabilized.
Lots of food for thought in this well-written book.

Best suited for those sourcing professionals who either have their own operations in China or who get very involved in the management of their suppliers.

Reviewed by Renaud Anjoran

Wishing you successful China sourcing!

Posted by Mike Bellamy, host of “Ask the Experts” at the China Sourcing Information Center.

Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center ( He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” ( and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (

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