Saturday, 18 October 2008

Bridging more than continents

I am just returning from Turkey (and blogging this at Munich airport). As you know, Turkey is the bridge between Europe and Asia. This gives it a unique geographical position .... but it gives it more. Turkey has been 'courted' by many European and Asian companies wanting to exploit the 'bridge'. Over the last decade Turkey has used the presence of these companies to take Japanese management and productivity philosophy and re-export it - to Europe - in slightly different forms.

At first it seems odd to see Turkish 'lean practitioners' in Slovakia helping German white goods manufacturers to improve their productivity - but that is what is happening.

The smart always use what is given them to gain an edge ... Turkey is doing this now ... to improve its own industry but also to participate in the development of the 'new Europe'.

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