The WSJ Overgeneralizes about The “Japanese Model,” Not All Companies Are Toyota
Not all Japanese companies are the same. “Lean isn’t easy” if you’re a Japanese company. Toyota has created something special, since “Toyota culture” is not exactly the same as “Japanese culture.”
The WSJ says the “model is cracking.”
Do scandals involving quality and ethical lapses involving companies including those and Nissan tarnish Lean and the Toyota Production System? No. That’s as silly as thinking the Wells Fargo banking scandal tarnishes Silicon Valley (although the Valley does enough to tarnish itself).
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