Toyota’s NUMMI Experience: A Japanese Manager's Perspective of Innovation, Breakthrough Thinking and Kaizen - Virtual

Tuesday, May 12 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM [CST]

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Tuesday, May 12 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM [CST]

Toyota has expanded from a venture enterprise to one of the biggest global enterprises because of its innovative mind-set (Toyota thinking habits). Toyota has been famous for Kaizen (improvement) activities.

A full-day 1-day online workshop discussing the Toyota Nummi experience and what tricks they used to make their venture with GM successful.  

There will be exercises and breakout groups online as well. You will be working with the author of the book. 

We will meet from 9 AM - 4:30 PM CST with an hour break from Noon-1:00 PM for lunch. There will be periodic breaks during workshop time as well. In all, 6 hours of instruction and interactivity. 


Toyota’s NUMMI Experience: A Japanese Manager's Perspective of Innovation, Breakthrough Thinking and Kaizen - Virtual


Gerhard Plenert
Author, Former Director of Shingo Institute and Master Black Belt

Dr. Gerhard Plenert, former director of executive education at the Shingo Institute at Utah State University, has more than 30 years of professional experience in organizational change helping companies and government agencies strive for enterprise excellence by utilizing the Shingo Model to drive cultural transformations. Dr. Plenert is an internationally recognized expert in supply chain management; Lean/Six Sigma; quality and productivity tools; and in working with and creating leading-edge planning and scheduling methods. He has literally “written the book” on leading-edge supply chain management concepts, such as finite capacity scheduling, advanced planning and scheduling, and world-class management. Dr. Plenert previously served as a tenured full professor at California State University, Chico; a professor at BYU, BYU–Hawaii, University of Malaysia, University of San Diego; and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities all over the world. Dr. Plenert continues to serve as a Shingo examiner and as an Adjunct Faculty member for several universities. His experience includes significant initiatives with Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Shell, Aramco, Sony, Cisco, Microsoft, Seagate, NCR Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, the US Air Force, and numerous other branches of the US Department of Defense. In addition, Dr. Plenert has consulted to major manufacturing and distribution companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Black & Decker, Raytheon, Motorola, Applied Magnetics, Toyota, AT&T, IBM, and Kraft Foods. He has also been considered a corporate “guru” on supply chain management for Wipro, AMS, and Infosys, and a Lean/Six Sigma “guru” for the US Air Force and various consulting companies. With 14 years of academic experience, Dr. Plenert has published over 150 articles and 22 books on Lean, supply chain strategy, operations management and planning. He has also written MBA textbooks and operations planning books for the United Nations. Dr. Plenert’s ideas and publications have been endorsed by people like Steven Covey and companies such as Motorola, AT&T, Black & Decker, and FedEx.