In his article “Yes, lean production is possible in China” QC expert Renaud Anjoran of the blog www.qualityinspection.org takes Author and China Consultant Rosemary Coates to task over an article she published entitled “Why China Is Not Ready for Lean Projects” in the Supply Chain Management Review.
I don’t know Mary but I do know Renaud. He is a very humble and quiet gentleman who really knows his stuff. See for yourself at this video entitled ‘Arm’s length buying’ which has him answering questions about China sourcing. Rosemary must have touched a nerve, because the very reserved Renaud drops the gloves with his rebuttal by addressing four pieces of “nonsense” (his words) in Mary’s article as follows:
First nonsense: lean manufacturing is a set of techniques
Second nonsense: classroom training should be enough
Third nonsense: lean principles come from the West
Fourth nonsense: lean thinking is incompatible with Chinese culture
Visit his article to get an education on why the concepts above are nonsense. Great stuff!
BTW, if you want to see Renaud’s review of Mary’s book entitled “42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China”, you can visit this link. Be warned, it ain’t pretty.
Here are links to other books reviewed by Renaud. He calls it like he sees it. Enjoy!
Let me know if Mary responds to Renaud’s points. I’d love to blog about it.
Wishing you successful China sourcing!
About the blogger
Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center (www.ChinaSourcingInfo.org). He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (chinasourcinginfo.org/book) and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (www.PSSchina.com)