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Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Organizational rabbits hold the key to the new competitive advantage. In Chasing the Rabbit, four-time Shingo Prize winner, noted author, and celebrated MIT lecturer, Steven Spear shares his insights on what lies at the core of superlative performance and competitive dominance. Market leaders, or rabbits, outrun and escape the pack by constantly raising the bar through ...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by McGraw-Hill (first published 2008)
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Torben Rasmussen
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Steven has written an amazing book that anyone considering lean or simply involved in change initiatives should read. Also people working with knowledge management or similar will benefit. An amazing dissemination of the inner workings of Toyota and a sharp eye for detail on what makes TPS and lean work. Even a good starting point for understanding lean values and principles in their basic form which is essential for thinking about applying lean in other contexts than manufacturing. Highly ...more
Tom
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it
One the one hand, it's 'another Toyota story' book; however, this one is particularly interesting. In the first pages, one can see why programs and processes like lessons learned often do not produce the learning hoped for - why organizations often do not learn and tend toward repeating their experiences. If one has an interest in organizational or process improvement, then I do recommend this book.
J Deepak
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of the best books I have read on continuous improvement principle, distilled to a science. The approach in fact is generic to be applied to every aspect in life ...

One of the best books I have read till date and a eye opener to achieving excellence through continuous innovation
Walt
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spear uses case studies of both failed as well as succeeding organizations and details why some lead in competitive industries. He summarizes the business philosophy of seeking to be the best in an industry. Must read for Lean thinkers!
Doug
Aug 26, 2009 is currently reading it
Very interesting. We will be using these ideas at work.
Troy Doughty
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed his book though listening to him speak almost gives the book away.
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Sep 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
I could not get into this book, and gave up after a couple of chapters.
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One of the best business books I've read! A must for manufacturing leaders...
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Using the lean concepts at work. Read it!
Warren
Jun 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
But see Spear's 'High-velocity edge: how market leaders leverage operational excellence to beat the competition,' the second edition of this book.
Arun Ragothaman
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Awesome book on how you can learn from companies like toyota. Very implementable ideas and unlike other fancy ideas, most of the insight seem to be from solid systems thinking.
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