The Confucian roots of Lean

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The Confucian roots of Lean

Toyota is in the middle of the Confucian influence area

Taiichi Ohno and Confucianism

ConfucianismThe core Confucian belief is that human beings are:TeachableImprovablePerfectibleThrough personal and communal endeavor especially including self-cultivation and self-creation

What does this mean for Lean?Perfection of the product (maximize customer value)Perfection of the process (eliminate waste)Perfection of the individual (respect people)

Can it work in the West?

The idea of perfection is no stranger to Western thought, but is it out of favor in the West?LockeKantMill

ConclusionsMost Lean implementations in the West have failedMost Lean implementations in the West have been attempts to implement it as a toolkit, not as a management philosophyUnderstanding the roots of Lean helps in implementing it correctly