Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering
Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Liker has authored or co-authored over 85 articles and book chapters and thirteen books which have collectively sold over 1.5 million copies. His is author of the best-selling The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer, McGraw Hill, 2004 which speaks to the underlying philosophy and principles that drive Toyota’s quality and efficiency-obsessed culture and eight other books in the Toyota Way Series (Toyota Way Fieldbook, Toyota Culture, Toyota Talent, Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Toyota Under Fire, Toyota Product Development system, Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement, and Developing Lean Leaders). He is Editor of Becoming Lean: Experiences of U.S. Manufacturers (Productivity Press, 1997), winner of the 1998 Shingo prize (for excellence in manufacturing research). He has won eleven Shingo prizes for his research. Other books by Dr. Liker include Engineered in Japan, (Oxford University Press, 1995); Concurrent Engineering Effectiveness: Integrating product development across organizations (Hanser-Gardner, 1997), and Remade in America: Transplanting and Transforming Japanese Manufacturing Methods(Oxford University Press, 1999). He is active as a keynote speaker, speaker for executive retreats, and lean consultant, independently and through Liker Lean Advisors, LLC.