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Daniel T. Jones

Daniel T. Jones is an author and researcher, and Founder and Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the U.K. He is also a senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute.

Jones was the European Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Future of the Automobile and International Motor Vehicle Programs (IMVP). He worked along with James P. Womack researching the automotive industry. Their research work with Daniel Roos, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the automotive industry, found a three-to-one productivity difference between Japanese and American factories. Their research was published as a book, The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production in 1991.

His books which have won multiple Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence in the Research and Professional Publication category, including The Machine That Changed the World, Lean Thinking, and Seeing the Whole: Mapping the Extended Value Stream.

Jones advises organizations in different sectors on their lean transformations, helped establish the first company University in the UK at Unipart, wrote the UK Government’s Rethinking Construction report, and Lean Thinking for the National Health Service (NHS). He organized the first Global Healthcare Summit, mentors a dozen hospitals in the UK, Italy and the USA and published Making Hospitals Work.

He also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sussex.