Kaikaku, like Kaizen, is a Japanese culture that approaches the condition of management in business organizations. Relatively directed towards the control on production operations, this system of development in business specifically manifests a great impact on how an organizations handles its resources and manages the people towards producing ample items for the market it intends to serve. Dependent on efficiency and effective functioning, this condition of production is often confident due to the application of local innovation pressed along with the radical movement that impresses the kind of operation undergone by the whole organization especially in times of schedule crunch when production procedures are expected to be expanded according to the demands of the market.
The book “Kaikaku: The Power And Magic Of Lean” by Norman Bodek is an innovative, visionary, and groundbreaking piece of literature that changed the way large and small scale management was viewed forever. The legacy the book ultimately has left behind has been far-reaching–from bailing out failing corporations all around the world, as well as assisting to build countless more, the ideas presented by Bodek, after a long career of meeting with and studying the best economic minds in the world, applies the Japanese model of production to the American marketplace.
This book is a history that introduces lean to the United States. Mr. Bodek was the main driving force behind this. From that viewpoint, the book explains a lot about the events that unfolded and how or who performed which role. The book also offers an impressive overview of what Lean (Toyota Production System) and its applications. It also offers an overview of the major players and an approach to their character. The book does not offer a detailed assessment of the system of production. This is because Mr. Bodek offers references to other books published by his company and translated from Japanese. This offers the readers an insight to the works that they select (Bodek 34). The book also covers the main topics of the production system of Toyota and offers numerous implementation stories and examples. Mr.Bodek strongly suggests the application of this style. It also goes into the memoirs of the major players in during the process. It hits on Juran’s and Deming’s effect in Japan. There were also interesting stories of industrial trips to Japan. There were also intriguing business stories like the challenges faced by taking advantage of the publishing opportunities to present the original writing to the new readers.