Danaher Business System: Lean Thinking and Strategy
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It further talks about the importance of kaizen or continuous improvement events to DBS and the participation in it by employees at all levels at Danaher. Danaher institutionalized DBS throughout the organization with the help of Hoshin Kanri or policy deployment strategy so that the short-term profit goals of the company were not compromised. The case also describes the importance given to and the procedure that Danaher put in place to train all its managers in DBS. Danaher achieved significant growth through a proactive strategy of acquiring companies - it acquired 31 companies from 1995 to 2011. DBS again underpinned Danaher's acquisition strategy i.e. Danaher went ahead with an acquisition only if it was confident of implementing DBS in the acquired entity and of deriving the desired gains. This also involved having in place a systematic plan to train the senior managers of the acquired companies in DBS and a well-defined timeframe for implementation of DBS. However, some experts expressed concern over Danaher's acquisition driven strategy in light of increased competition, the compatibility of cultures, and the increased geopolitical risks to the conglomerate due to its enhanced geographical presence.
» Understand the key tenets (such as just-do-it) that an organization has to imbibe in order to institutionalize lean operating practices.
Lean Thinking; Lean manufacturing; Danaher Business System; Jacobs Business System; Toyota Production System; Hoshin kanri; Policy deployment matrix; Kaizen; Operating strategy; Value stream mapping; Just-in-time; Kanban: Lean accounting; Deliberate strategy; Acquisitions; Knowledge-based view (KBV); Post merger integration;