Recommended Books

Books of Interest

We have gathered together a list of books that we think are of particular interest to our society members. If you click on each book image, it will take you to the Amazon page so you can read more about it and order it if you wish. *Note: SPCEA does not make any money from the sale of any book.

Looking for a practical, proven method to gain that crucial competitive edge for your company? It’s as simple as ABC. Activity-based costing (ABC) is a decision support tool that gives you that needed edge through a greater understanding of your product and process costs…
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In today’s hyper-competitive, global marketplace, a manufacturing company needs a competitive edge if it is to survive and grow. That edge could be anything from superior manufacturing technology to innovative product design; from patent protection to solid…
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This legendary book was first published in English in 1990. It has been re-translated and extensively revised, including material not found in the original translation. It is Altshuller’s most popular book in Russia on how to become an inventor, and how to solve technical problems. The translator, Lev Shulyak, is himself an accomplished inventor, engineer and TRIZ expert.
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The most effective way to generate an estimate of a new product’s cost, engineering change cost, or innovation cost is through a detailed cost investigation. Analysis of the available materials and processes leads to the most economical and financial decisions.
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Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie.
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Learn how to integrate the two important cost reduction systems that have revolutionized manufacturing. Target costing is used during the development and design stage of new products. It focuses on profit realization by planning quality products in the design and review stage. Kaizen costing helps you decrease production costs for existing products. Combining the target and kaizen methods leads to a complete cost reduction system that can be applied from product inception to completion.
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Describes the scope, framework, process, and tools for implementing an integrated target costing system, detailing aspects of the process such as focus on relationships with customers, suppliers, and dealers, and illustrating how the method has helped companies including Chrysler and Boeing. Includes b&w tables, charts, and diagrams. For managers in marketing, engineering, finance, support, and logistics.
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In achieving better value, there are two separate opportunity areas: (1) The identification of costs as necessary, and (2) The decision making which will eliminate the identified unnecessary cost. The techniques in this text apply extensively in area 1, identification.
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Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal, a gripping novel, is transforming management thinking throughout the world. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry – even to your bosses – but not to your competitors. Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant – or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses.

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In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota’s worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.
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