EGADE Student Contributes with a Book on Lean Philosophy Appreciation

The book, launched by publisher Editorial Digital del Tecnológico de Monterrey, can be found on Amazon, Apple Books, and Google Play.


Alex Iván Suárez Regalado, a student from the EGADE - UNC Charlotte MBA in Global Business & Strategy program, published a new book on the state-of-the-art of Lean philosophy, which is now available on diverse digital platforms.

The book, titled Estrategia y operaciones esbeltas. Camino directo a la sobrevivencia y desarrollo de nuestras empresas, was coauthored with Alberto Eugenio Novau Dalmau and launched by the university’s own publisher, Editorial Digital del Tecnológico de Monterrey.

This work focuses on the conceptualization of a Lean Manufacturing implementation model, structured on the basis of the Toyota production system.

“The proposal is to appreciate the Lean philosophy as a key strategy for operational development and enhancement aimed at maximizing overall organizational effectiveness orientated towards the principle of perfection,” Suárez Regalado affirmed.

The coauthors have experience in the industry and in the area of theoretical knowledge, as well as an extensive background in global enterprises in Latin America.

With this work, they seek to provide crucial knowledge and support to facilitate the satisfactory implementation of lean thinking through a logical, simple, and straightforward methodology comprised of six stages: Customer/Market, Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement, Planning, Leadership, and Talent Engagement.

Apart from containing technical concepts for large companies, the book provides support for Latin American SMEs, as well as business people, entrepreneurs, senior management, administrative employees, operators, and all personnel interested in achieving progress within their work environment.

“Since companies initially define strategies and then follow transformative synergies applied to both the administrative and service levels, the need has emerged to contemplate lean thinking as the most promising philosophy for adopting a strategic guideline towards the growth of competitiveness and profitability.

“Endeavoring to manage lean operations at every level by means of a reduction or elimination of all the activities that do not add value to the product or service from the perspective of the end consumer is an executive priority. This will set our operations apart with lower costs, generate a strategic advantage for competing successfully in an increasingly demanding, globalized evolutionary setting, and, above all, allow us to assure the survival and sustained growth of our companies into the future,” Suárez Regalado explained.

The EGADE Business School student commented that the methodology presented in the book has been shared within Tec de Monterrey’s Lean certification program, implemented in the paint and automotive industries, and won recognitions, such as the CLAUT Prize 2016 from the Nuevo León Automotive Cluster.

Suárez Regalado earned a B.Sc. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Universidad de Montemorelos and a Master’s in Quality Systems and Productivity at Tec de Monterrey. He is a certified Lean expert and has work experience in the higher education, health, automotive, mining, and government sectors, among others. He has co-authored chapters in several books and collaborated as an author on articles related to operations and the supply chain.

His new book is available on Amazon, Apple Books, and Google Play.

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