Rationalizing the Design of the Toyota Production System:
A Comparison of Two Approaches
J. Won, , D. Cochran, , H. T. Johnson, , S. Bouzekouk, B. Masha
Production System Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and
School of Business Administration, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA
This paper examines two recent attempts to develop frameworks to explain the Toyota Production System (TPS).
In Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System, Spear and Bowen assert that the design, operation and improvement of manufacturing systems can be captured in four basic rules.
In A Decomposition Approach for Manufacturing System Design, Cochran et. al. show how a Manufacturing System Design Decomposition (MSDD) can express the relationships between the design requirements and corresponding solutions within a manufacturing system.
This paper compares and contrasts how each of these approaches incorporates the requirements of successful manufacturing system design.
Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System
Steven Spear and H. Kent Bowen
Harvard Business Review, THE SEPTEMBER 1999