The Shingo Prize is named for Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo who distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in building operational excellence. Dr. Shingo has been described as an “engineering genius” who helped us to understand the concepts, systems, and techniques that, under his tutelage, became fundamental to the renowned Toyota Production System, often referred to now as the Toyota Business System.
Dr. Shingo is the author of numerous books, including A Study of the Toyota Production System; Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System; Zero Quality Control: Source Inspection and the Poka-yoke System; The Sayings of Shigeo Shingo: Key Strategies for Plant Improvement; Non-Stock Production: The Shingo System for Continuous Improvement; and The Shingo Production Management System: Improving Process Functions. He was a genius at understanding exactly why products are manufactured the way they are and then transforming that understanding into a workable system for low-cost, high-quality production.
In 1988, Utah State University recognized Dr. Shingo for his lifetime accomplishments with an honorary Doctorate in Business. The Shingo model was developed to be a world standard for operational excellence that incorporates many of Dr. Shingo’s practices as well as key concepts from other thought leaders. The Shingo model is a systems model that incorporates all aspects of a business enterprise. The model was developed to provide a standard to which organizations of all kinds can target their improvement efforts. The transformation process creates a map for how to accelerate the alignment of a corporate culture with the principles of operational excellence. Because the standard is the highest in the world, demonstrating capabilities at the level of the standard demonstrates an organization’s potential as a global enterprise.