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By Vinod K Dasari
I found this business novel to be an engaging read for two reasons. Firstly, I could easily relate to the setting of the story, i.e. the automotive industry. The authors present issues and facets of an auto components company in a way that leaves you feeling as if they were present in some of your meetings. Secondly, the style of storytelling is such that the reader is led step by step—through a series of disagreements, missteps, unexpected inspirations, and lightbulb moments—towards the logic of the solution for some of the chronic issues faced by the auto companies.
However, I should also mention that while the logic is compelling and simple, and the benefits to be reaped bountiful, the implementation is challenging. That said, the book offers an insight into the functioning of auto companies, and is a must-read for anyone aiming for operational excellence in the auto industry.
What’s more, the narrative of the book can also be enjoyed by a manager in the sales, distribution, or production departments of most businesses, as neither the problems, nor the solutions are necessarily unique to the automotive industry. They are bound to be present in almost every organization that sells their products through channel partners
Vinod K. Dasari
Vinod K. Dasari has served as the CEO of Royal Enfield, Managing Director and CEO at Ashok Leyland, Joint Managing Director at Cummins India and President (Rail) at the Timken Company. He has completed his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Mr. S Venkat Subramaniam | SKF India Ltd.
Director, Automotive business
“Uncertainty due to dynamic market situations, technology disruptions and supply chain/logistics issues have led to many challenges in daily operations. The book very well comprehends some scenarios we come across many times, but most importantly how those can be resolved to cater to the dynamic needs of market and customers. Ownership, leadership, collaboration, discipline and structured problem-solving approach are key to break the constraints which would enable a customer-centric approach.”
Mr. Sanjeev Garg | Tata Motors
Vice President & Global Head, Customer Care, Commercial Vehicles BU
“This book is a must-read for all auto professionals. We are in the process of transforming the spare parts management system for commercial vehicles using the concepts highlighted in the book.”
Mr. Niranjan Kirloskar | Cummins Group
Managing Director, Fleetguard Filters Pvt Ltd
“The philosophy given in the book has not only changed my organization but also my personal life”
Mr. Nihal Kulkarni | Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd
“The principles highlighted in this book mark fundamental changes to the way the industry operates, but at the same time they are very practical. We have implemented these principles in our entire operations & supply chain and achieved significant results.”
Mr. Nagaraju Srirama | JK Fenner (India) Ltd.
President & Director
“Finally a practical method to resolve the disharmony between production and sales.”
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Apparent in Hindsight, the book, uses the Theory Of Constraints framework to delve deep into the chronic problems faced by almost all companies in the Indian automotive industry.