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Lean Epiphanies Recognized With Shingo Research and Publication Award

Transformational insights and encouragement from a practitioner’s 20 years of experience

Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 10:53

(SME: Dearborn, MI) -- Author and manufacturing improvement expert Gary Conner has been recognized with the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award for his book, Lean Epiphanies: Catapult the Cow and Other Inspirational Continuous Improvement Stories (Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2015).

Conner relates inspirational stories of his 20 years of experience conducting hundreds of continuous improvement initiatives. The book offers transformational insights and encouragement in refreshing, conversational short stories. Both students and experienced practitioners of lean manufacturing techniques can learn through Conner’s insights into human nature, company culture, leadership, and the steps to business success amidst the ever-changing dynamics of a new world economy.

SME, a leader in learning and development, has published other Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award-winning titles, including a previous work by Conner, Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop, first published in 2001.

“SME is committed to advancing the manufacturing industry through sharing best practices, and leading learning and development resources with members, enterprises, and practitioners,” says Jeannine Kunz, SME director of Tooling U-SME. “This book creatively documents and shares with readers an industry expert’s years of valuable experience. We’re proud to have published this work.”

A group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from the Shingo Institute, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, thoroughly review submitted publications and select recipients based on a rigorous set of standards. “Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies an author's significant contribution to advancing the body of knowledge regarding enterprise excellence,” says Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute.

Conner will receive the award during the Awards Gala of the 28th International Shingo Conference in Washington, D.C. in April, 2016. The conference is a five-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers, and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights, and experience for organizations in pursuit of operational excellence.


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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education, and networking. Through its many programs, events, and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology, and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, and oil and gas. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.