“This is Lean: Resolving the Efficiency Paradox” by Niklas Modig and Pär Åhlström

In the first episode of 2020, our hosts review the book “This is Lean: Resolving the Efficiency Paradox” by Niklas Modig and Pär Åhlström. If you’re not sure why we chose it, check our book review! We simply loved the book and all the clever metaphors.

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In the second part of this podcast, our hosts have prepared a list of questions for the author. Niklas joins them with answers and some insights about the book.

About the book

Lean is the most widespread management philosophy of our time and is currently present in every industry, yet the concept is still vaguely defined and widely misunderstood. This is Lean – Resolving the efficiency paradox was launched in October 2011 and has sold over 180.000 copies. By using clear, concise language and insightful examples, the book has brought greater clarification to the essence of lean and revolutionized top-executives and employees understanding of what lean actually is.

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About the Author

Niklas Modig was a researcher at the Center for Innovation and Operations Management at Stockholm School of Economics between 2003-2018. Today he is one of the leading authorities within lean and operational excellence. Niklas is the author of the best-selling book “This Is Lean – Resolving the Efficiency Paradox” which has sold over 180 000 copies and became the Nr.1 best-selling management book in Sweden 2012 and one of the most sold lean book of all time.

Niklas’s main research focus was how the lean concept and Toyota Production System can be applied and integrated within the entire value chain of organizations. He is also well-know for his lean management concept which numerous top-management teams have adopted. In parallel with his business research, Niklas also researches about change management and competence development by doing qualitative studies on various organizations, groups and individuals. He also coaches students, artists, top-athletes and executives within personal efficiency and work-life balance. His latest concept is called Lean On Myself.

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