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Jeffrey K. Liker

Dr. Jeffrey K. Likeris Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and president of the Toyota Way Academy—a network of top-notch practitioners who consult, coach and teach in the Toyota Way. He is author of the international best-seller, The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer, McGraw Hill, 2004, and six other books about Toyota:  (with David Meier) Toyota Way Fieldbook, Mcgraw Hill, 2005, (with Jim Morgan), The Toyota Product Development System, Productivity Press, 2006, (with David Meier), Toyota Talent: Developing exceptional people the Toyota Way (May, 2007) and (with Michael Hoseus) Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way (January, 2008). His two newest books are:  The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement (including detailed case studies of transformation in different industries) and Toyota Under Fire Lessons for Turning Crisis into Opportunity (about how Toyota has adapted and is remaking itself through the recession and recall crisis). His articles and books have won eight Shingo Prizes for Research Excellence and The Toyota Way also won the 2005 Institute of Industrial Engineers Book of the Year Award and 2007 Sloan Industry Studies Book of the Year. He is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant. Recent clients include Siemens, Kraft-Oscar Meyer, Alcatel-Lucent, Hertz, Caterpillar, Art Van Furniture and Harley Davidson.