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Recommended Books

The following are a list of recommended books which are recommended by Aurora (in association with Amazon.co.uk).

These are all books that we have read and found to be helpful

Profit Mapping

A tool for Aligning Operations with Future Profit and Performance

Anil Menawat and Adam Garfein

Title: The Goal

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Author(s): Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Cox

Synopsis: This second edition of the thriller-style story of Alex Rogo's fight to save his plant has an extra 10 chapters which bring the story forward to describe Alex's transition from Plant Manager to Divisional Manager. It incorporates the business principles of the author's Theory of Constraints (TOC).

Title: It's not Luck

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Author(s): Eliyahu M Goldratt

Synopsis: Cash is needed and Alex Rogo's companies are to be put on the block. Alex needs to complete the turnaround of his companies if they can be sold for the maximum return: if he fails they will be closed down. This text highlights the techniques needed to survive at home and at work.

Title: Out Of The Crisis

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Author(s): W. Edward Deming

Synopsis: Deming here offers a theory of management style based on his "14 points for management". Arguing that American companies require a total transformation of management technique in order to maintain employment levels, he believes that management must be judged for its innovation.

Title: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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Author(s): Stephen R. Covey

Synopsis: Presents the reader with a holistic, integrated and principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems.

Title: Genba Kanri

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Author(s): Edward J. Handyside

Synopsis
Genba Kanri companies are the most productive and cost-effective in the world, according to the author of this book. The author explains that Genba Kanri, though the name is Japanese, is derived from old Western traditions, long neglected in their countries of origin. He aims to show how, by connecting "people" concerns with the operational aspects of manufacturing, GK can make it easy to change production methods and systems, replace "management by remote control" with real leadership on the shop floor, help to promote and sustain continuous improvement, reinforce the key role played by the first line supervisor and introduce "the standard operation". The book looks at the management practices required to enable GK disciplines to function, and in the process finds little place for some of Western management's favourites - re-engineering, hourly pay systems and self-management work teams.

Title: The Machine That Changed the World

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Author(s): James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, Daniel Roos

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With particular reference to the automobile industry, this is an analysis of how Japan has shifted from mass production to lean production and what industry everywhere can learn from it.
Title: Still Further Up the Organization

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Author(s): Townsend

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Title: Business as Unusual

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Author(s): Anita Roddick

Synopsis
"In terms of power and influence, you can forget the church, forget politics. There is no more powerful institution in society than business, which is why I believe it is now more important than ever before for business to assume a moral leadership. The business of business should not be about money, it should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed." Anita Roddick This account charts the progress of Anita Roddick and her company The Body Shop through the 1990s. It also looks at the parallel growth of vigilante consumerism and predicts how businesses can evolve in the new Millennium. Ranging from personal issues - such as self-esteem - to wider political issues like the human rights abuses associated with globalization, Roddick offers her own vision for dealing with the demands of ethical business.
Title: The Whole Manager

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Author(s): Peter Bolt

Synopsis
A disciplined, logical approach to professional management with the focus on the personal aspects of success as a manager and as a person. It contains practical examples and anecdotes on topics such as: managing yourself; delegating; managing with integrity; managing your time; managing upwards; managing your career; making things happen; managing the balance; and managing through tough times.
Title: The Manufacturing Manager

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Author(s): David Crabtree

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Title: Raving Fans

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Author(s): Ken Blanchard

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A straightforward and snappy guide to successful customer service, this text should prove useful in every kind of organization or business which wishes to deliver efficient customer service and achieve bottom-line results.
Title: Gung Ho

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Author(s): Ken Blanchard

Synopsis
Every day thousands of uninspired employees trudge to work often dooming their companies to failure with their lack of enthusiasm. Drawing on over 20 years' experience of working with hundreds of corporations across the US including America Online, Eastman Kodak, General Motors, Hershey Chocolate and Microsoft, Blanchard reveals a surefire strategy for boosting employee enthusiasm, productivity and performance. This text presents a simple system for inspiring employees.
Title: Who Moved My Cheese?

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Author(s): Spencer Johnson.M.D

Synopsis
Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice, non-analytical and non-judgmental; they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw are "little people", mouse-size humans who have an entirely different relationship with cheese. It's not just sustenance to them; it's their self-image. Their lives and belief systems are built around the cheese they've found. Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods--our jobs, our career paths, the industries we work in--although it can stand for anything, from health to relationships. The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.
Title: Critical Chain

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Author(s): Eliyahu M.Goldratt

A business novel focusing on project management. The novel aims to provoke readers to examine and reassess their business practices and transform the thinking and actions of managers.
Title: The Balanced Scorecard

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Author(s): Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton

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This text shows how managers can use the balanced scorecard technique to mobilize their employees and fulfil the company's mission. The authors demonstrate how senior executives in industries such as banking, oil and retailing are using the technique to evaluate current performance and target future performance based on financial and non-financial criteria such as customer satisfaction, internal processes and employee learning, and growth.
Title: THE QUANTUM LEAP in speed to market

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Author(s): John R.Costanza

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It is THE Book on DFT (Demand Flow Technology) and a great read.
Title: The Haystack Syndrome

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Author(s): Eliyahu M Goldratt

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Title: Fish

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Author(s): Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen

Synopsis
Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job every day. In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager has the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team. Seattle’s Pike Place Fish is a world famous market that is wildly successful thanks to its fun, bustling, joyful atmosphere and great customer service. By applying ingeniously simple lessons learned from the Pike Place, our manager discovers how to energise and transform her workplace.

Addressing today's most pressing work issues with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message, Fish! offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable, and profound.
Title: Being Happy

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Author(s): Andrew Matthews

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Discusses barriers to happiness, and suggests ways to change old thought and behaviour patterns for a happier life.
Title: Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate Muda

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Author(s): Mike Rother & John Shook

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Senior experts within the Toyota Production System often draw maps when on the shop floor. These maps show the current physical flow of a product family and the information flow for that product family as they wind through a complex facility making many products. Much more important, these simple maps - often drawn on a scrap of paper - show where steps can be eliminated, flows smoothed, and pull systems introduced in order to create a truly lean value stream for each product family. In 1998 John Shook and Mike Rother of the University of Michigan wrote down Toyota's mapping methodology for the first time in Learning to See. This simple tool makes it possible for you to see through the clutter of a complex plant. You'll soon be able to identify all the processing steps along the path from raw materials to finished goods for each product and all of the information flows going back from the customer through the plant and upstream to suppliers.