Sustainability Based on Lean Thinking and Ethics

TitleSustainability Based on Lean Thinking and Ethics
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSneider, C, Carnes, K
Book TitleGeoCongress 2008
Date Published2008
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number978-0-7844-0971-8
AbstractToyota used lean thinking to become the world's leading automotive manufacturer. The company successfully manufactures automobiles in Japan as well in the United States — and beats American car manufactures hands down. Lean thinking has led to Toyota's success. Lean thinking can also be used by the geo-sciences to improve efficiencies, develop sustainable engineering solutions, and lead in protecting the geo-environment. For lean thinking to succeed, a company must have a culture that can embrace the philosophy and methodology. Such a company should have a culture of trust, heart, and spirit. This kind of culture will provide the energy and support needed to engage lean thinking. One way to develop such a culture is to fully implement the company's code of ethics. Unfortunately, many companies either do not have a code or do not fully implement the one that has been developed. This paper summarizes the application of lean thinking as it relates to the geo-environment and then describes how to implement lean thinking into the company culture using the code of ethics. Lean thinking can be applied to the geo-environment industry and can help with developing sustainable solutions. However, to implement lean thinking a company must have solid core values.