Beyond World-Class Productivity

Industrial Engineering Practice and Theory

  • Shigeyasu Sakamoto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Strategy for Improving Profitability and Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shigeyasu Sakamoto
      Pages 23-37
  3. Theory of Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
  4. Outline of the Engineering Approach to Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Shigeyasu Sakamoto
      Pages 67-80
    3. Shigeyasu Sakamoto
      Pages 81-120
    4. Shigeyasu Sakamoto
      Pages 121-159
    5. Shigeyasu Sakamoto
      Pages 161-166
  5. Monitoring Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Shigeyasu Sakamoto
      Pages 169-174
  6. Keys to Success for Improved Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Shigeyasu Sakamoto
      Pages 177-189
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 191-231

About this book


From the automotive industry to the semiconductor industry, manufacturers are suffering from an overabundance of automation methods that they cannot fully comprehend or afford, and glamorous leadership techniques that are simply not sustainable. In this respect, management has lost its way. Beyond World-Class Productivity shows why a return to traditional tools and the power of people can help companies meet today’s challenges in the manufacturing sector.

Beyond World-Class Productivity gives readers a balance of essential information, theory and case studies. Readers can expect to gain new insights into engineering approaches to productivity, profitability and real or non-real gain, including:

  • useful tools for industrial engineering
  • effectiveness in unit labor costs;
  • feasibility studies
  • work simplification; and
  • developing mind innovation.

Practical examples and their accompanying commentary come from the author’s 40 years of real-world experience on the shop floor and in the boardroom. Figures are also provided to illustrate actual productivity results from real companies.

Both managers and engineers can appreciate Beyond World-Class Productivity as an enlightening guide to the improvement of productivity and profitability within the manufacturing sector.


Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Manufacturing Strategy Profitability Work Study World-Class Productivity innovation logistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Shigeyasu Sakamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Productivity Partner Inc.NaraJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84996-268-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84996-269-8
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