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Jose Ferro

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José R. Ferro is a senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute and president of Lean Institute Brasil, a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 to disseminate the principles and practices of Lean Thinking in Brazilian companies.

Ferro authored chapters for the Brazilian edition of the following books, all published by Editora Campus, Rio de Janeiro:

  • Lean Thinking, Mentalidade Enxuta nas empresas, by James Womack and Dan Jones, 1998
  • Collision, Colisão – GM, VW e Toyota, by Maryann Keller, 1994
  • The Machine That Changed the World, A máquina que mudou o mundo, by James Womack, Dan Jones and Daniel Roos, 1992

He is co-author of “Brazil: a New Pattern of Industrial Relations” in After Lean Production, coordinated by MacDuffie, Kochan and Lansbury (Cornell University Press, 1998).

Ferro has worked with Autosector, an association of labor, industry, and government that aided the auto industry in Brazil. He also has worked with the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers, the Brazilian Association of Vehicle Importers, and the Union of Metallurgy Companies, and the State of Bahia government.

Ferro received Ph.D. and master’s degrees in business administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation, and in production engineering from the University of São Paulo in São Carlos. Since 1992, he has been a professor in the Economics Department, School of Business Administration at São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation. Ferro has also held positions as professor, University of Campinas, Statistics and Computer Science Institute Master’s Course in Quality Management (1992-1998); and Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988-1990).





  • Brazil: a New Pattern of Industrial Relations


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