Beyond Lean

A Revised Framework of Leadership and Continuous Improvement

  • Peter Béndek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Béndek
      Pages 21-56
    3. Peter Béndek
      Pages 57-74
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Peter Béndek
      Pages 77-83
    3. Peter Béndek
      Pages 85-106
    4. Peter Béndek
      Pages 107-110
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 111-126

About this book


This book by Peter Béndek presents a strong case against the current practice of business operations improvement, based on numerous studies from the business world as well as insights from the most prestigious authors of the last fifty years. The author contests the applicability and indeed the relevance of the Toyota Production System and its spin-offs to the Western context, claiming that a revised approach is much better suited to taking our specific cultural conditions into account, while also combining increased transparency, speed, and sustainability of change with a robust value-creating capability. Dr. Béndek argues that this approach can have a far-reaching impact on corporate cultures by offering an all-encompassing learning system, one that provides a more coherent and actionable continuous improvement strategy than conventional approaches. The book offers an important guide to rethinking operations management, both in academia and business practice.


Cultural Transformation Efficiency Human systems Individualism vs. Collectivism Leadership Organizational ethics Rule vs. freedom Toyota Production System or TPS

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Béndek
    • 1
  1. 1.MANTEC InternationalGothenburgSweden

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