Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Learning from the Japanese

Once again This American Life produces a fantastic show. This time the story is about NUMMI, the GM factory that copied Toyota's manufacturing methods. Also in the news is the possibility that the Chinese train-builders are bidding on US rail projects. I haven't heard of any Korean technology or know-how going east across the Pacific, but its nice to see at least Western businesses are (sometimes) open to learning from their Asian brothers and sisters. Now if we could only get academics to be as open-minded.