PROVIDENCE, R.I. (PRWEB) March 16, 2013
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has selected “Design for Operational Excellence: A Breakthrough Strategy for Business Growth” by Kevin Duggan as a recipient of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. Duggan is the president at Duggan Associates, an operational excellence consultancy.
“Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies authors’ significant contribution to the body of knowledge surrounding operational excellence,” said Robert Miller, executive director of The Shingo Prize. ““The intent is to motivate others to learn from them.”
In his book, Duggan asserts that an organization has achieved operational excellence “when each and every employee can see the flow of value to the customer and fix that flow before it breaks down.” Duggan devotes the first part of his book aligning readers as to how and why companies undertake continuous improvement efforts. He then details, step-by-step, the process of creating a flow of value in all areas of an organization.
The book concludes with three case studies regarding separate companies that successfully employed a design for operational excellence, achieving financial goals. Rebounding from the recession quicker than their competitors, these three companies represent what organizations can accomplish when they design apply timeless principles of operational excellence.
“The approach outlined here can transform the phrase ‘leapfrog the competition’ from cliché to reality,” said Jack McQuellon, global parts manager at Caterpillar Paving Products. “Kevin’s approach is clear, the method sound, and the results achievable. Don’t just read this book: use it!”
By “challenging” or applying for an award, authors invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from The Shingo Prize to thoroughly review their publications. The examiners select the publications they think are worthy of recognition.
Duggan will receive the award during the opening social of the 25th Annual Shingo Prize International Conference held in Provo, Utah, the week of May 6-10, 2013. The opening social is the beginning of this four-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in their pursuit of operational excellence.
About The Shingo Prize
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is named after Japanese industrial engineer, Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Dr. Shingo’s teachings, The Shingo Prize helps companies and organizations increase their efficiency and effectiveness by developing cultures that better tap the talents of their employees. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional results from applying its philosophy and recognizes authors who have contributed important insights and applications of the principles it teaches. Those interested in more information about The Shingo Prize or in registering to attend the 25th Annual International Conference may visit http://www.shingoprize.org.