A few facts about John Shook

12 Jun

In my last post I started to write about the role of the manager. In my introduction I presented NUMMI which was created by John Shook. The managers of NUMMI have managed to improve workers skills by sending them to Japan. The experience, the American labor made in Japanese company has helped to improve the way they worked. In this post I want to take a close look at the man who has made this possible. A man who believed in cooperation, teamwork and learning process- John Shook.

He worked for Toyota for nearly 11 years and helped Toyota to transfer companies “production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to its overseas affiliates and suppliers.” (John Shook)


– bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee

– master’s degree from the University of Hawaii

– graduate of the Japan-America Institute of Management Science

– former director of the University of Michigan, Japan Technological Management    Program,

– faculty of the university’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering

– Chairman and CEO of The Lean Enterprise Institute, USA

Author of:

– “Toyota’s Secret: The A3 Report

–  Sloan Management Review, July 2010; “How to Change a Culture: Lessons from NUMMI

–  co-authored “Learning to See

–  co-authored “Kaizen Express


– writes blogs on http://www.lean.org/shook/

– does workshops

He focuses for years on Lean Management. Shook learned about this while working for Toyota. Next week I’ll write more about lean management:

But I’ll let you gain the first impression what lean is:


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