Review of Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production

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.

Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production

by Taiichi Ohno

Very good presentation of lean manufacturing.

An excellent overview of the main concepts of lean manufacturing: finding waste, JIT, kanban, production leveling, flow, automation with a human touch, reduced set-up times, the “5 why”, etc. Explanations are to the point and easy to understand.

What makes this book unique is that the author was THE pioneer who brought most of these concepts to life. In the last chapters of the book he does a good job at putting his approach in perspective with earlier developments at Toyota, Ford, and GM.

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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