The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition (Hardcover)

The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition By Steven Spear Cover Image
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Generate faster, better results--using less capital and fewer resources

Toyota, Alcoa, Pratt & Whitney, and the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program operate in vastly different worlds, but they have one thing in common. Each of these organizations generates constant, almost automatic operational self-improvements at rates faster, durations longer, and breadths wider than any of its competitors.

Excellence in operational management is the single element separating industry leaders from all others. The High-Velocity Edge is a blueprint for fueling innovation and improvement at both the management and process level in your own company. It's not magic, it's not luck. It's something that that can be taught, cultivated, practiced, and effectively applied to an organization. Spears explains how to:

  • Build a system of "dynamic discovery" that reveals operational problems and weaknesses
  • Attack and solve problems at the time and in the place where they occur, converting weaknesses into strengths
  • Disseminate knowledge gained from solving local problems throughout the company as a whole
  • Create managers invested in the process of continual innovation

Apply the lessons of The High-Velocity Edge, and you will enjoy profitability, quality, efficiency, reliability, and agility unmatched by any of your rivals.

About the Author

Steven J. Spear, five-time winner of the Shingo Prize and recipient of the McKinsey Award, is a senior lecturer at MIT and former assistant professor at Harvard. A senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, he is the author of numerous articles appearing in academic and trade publications, including the Harvard Business Review and The New York Times.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780071741415
ISBN-10: 0071741410
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2010
Pages: 432
Language: English