Since I have studied Bedrijfskunde/MER among other studies officially and unofficially, I would like to continue to attempt to post a tad better quality content about the actual literature I read during my bachelor studies and in my own small collection of books and obviously own ongoing research methodologies. The master study anthropology and development studies is still in the loop for now into a continuum. Which will stay that way since what is anthropology if it is not lived, felt, acted and intuited upon? Rather then keep on sitting in classrooms in stacked schools?
Lean management was of particular interest since it can make operational activities effective and efficient, ideally without sacrificing the quality of products nor services as well. By observing nature, culture and what else, one could dissect that nature follows the path of least resistance anyway whatever blockage might occur. This, in and of itself, could be a reason why ancient eastern philosophies that are more in tune with nature perhaps could develop such systems of operation to begin with in which there emerge some form of eco-technology like the Amazone, myth or truth? Thereby saying that the natural efficiency and effectiveness of ecological systems are integrated into economical systems and, therefore, minimising waste and optimising output by following the path of least resistance through adopting a mindset of dynamic governance rather then a doctrine. As of my knowledge Lean management officially originates from Japan, and the whole economic machine of Japan could partly be thanked to the particular traditions areas like Japan embodied and translated more easily into organisational and economic life. However, please add and/or correct me where I am wrong with this deduction since there is probably more factors in play then merely the development of certain philosophies over the span of time and space. Lean management does, however, fit in nicely with the much needed transition into doing more with less, and in so doing, creating more abundance as a principle and a way of life. This (practical) philosophy is more focused on a process level rather then a strategic level. Therefore, I have not touched upon the details of such philosophies a lot on this website. Personally, I like details, so its about time to do my best to share in more detail ‘how to make an organisation thrive’. However, rather then trying to simplify the complexity of such a big question many probably are asking themselves during times in which decisions and choices ought to be made on a daily base to dissect what it means for one to surthrive. Articles like these will fall under one of the three cornerstones of this ‘research’ site, namely that of ‘thriving’ as an individual nor organisation within the greater span off all other interrelated systems, also the social-material context among other dimensions of which the complex phenomena of emergent (social) organisation occurs and can be observed.
One important concept I want to share today, and one I still remember well is that of having a ‘clean gemba’ or relatively clean floor quite literally speaking. The general idea is that with a clean and neat working environment one would allow the people working in that environment to be more calm in their mind and, therefore, potentially more productive and at ease as well. This ties in nicely with the practice of Feng Shui by which ones overall health could be enhanced due to certain household practices. I do practice these concepts and ways of life in my own life, however, I am not a perfectionist (even though I can remember listening to an audio book in Shanghai during the packed metro’s xd) that all perfectionist claim not to be one (Simon Winchester).
That being said, the underlying philosophy of Lean management and manufacturing is quite simple in its core practices. This is due to differences in Asian and Western philosophies by which the classic Asian ones are more based around finding simplicity, flow and minimalism in ones life and the classic Western ones are more emphasised on finding safety and comfort through technological means. These key differences between the two philosophies is something I have been working on to bridge on this website and will be working on for quite some time. Since there is still much to dis-cover before, I think, one can finally gap the differences in themselves by coming to some form of mutual understanding between such seemingly extreme opposites between ‘west and east, north and south’. One could say it might be prevalent in contemporary society too find a centre, some sort of middle ground, by which seemingly opposing dichotomies playing out in many aspects of daily life, could be economical, psychological, intellectually, emotional, pretty inter-dimensional, hence the reasons for the complexities of such created dichotomies and the sorts of issues arise or can arise from them. The point of the matter is now to organise the content more and more, and perhaps add and explain more and more in already existing content.
For now the website is much like a creative maze, web or a labyrinth, and, I would like to let it stay like that, otherwise you draw the myth out of the world, which would be boring.
So either find the original site on the internet which is a completed quest by now, joint the intranet somehow by rites of initiation or else, or go on a quest if one can still.
And meanwhile I’m pretty pscyhed for an incredible prospect of an interstellar futurum. Which is the original dream by which multiple planets would have been linked up rather then dancing one a blue one for the rest of a lifetime.
Kees J.B. – consider filling the bag of goods with snacks.
Or find some other contributory addition .
Obviously this post relays among a construction dream which ties in with SOLLISTICITIES first.