Dr. Ryuji Fukuda has dedicated nearly 50 years to the science of management, and has many credits to his name due to his vast experience and profound knowledge. He has created a suite of tools, which assist in the transformation of an organization in its entirety. He was the first to effectively integrate the various “Japanese techniques” like JIT, Hoshin Kanri, Kaizen with the “Traditional Knowledge” of Industrial Engineering, Statistical Process Control and Reliability into a unique and powerful set of tools which include the P/O Matrix, SEDAC, On Error Training, Window Analysis and Stockless Production.
Dr. Fukuda has applied his tools to transform companies all over the world. Not only has he achieved incredible results in Sumitomo where he worked for many years, but some of the most admired organizations like Sony, Nikon, Timken, Ferrari Mitsubishi Heavy Ind., Fuji-Xerox, Sumitomo Special Metals, Sumitomo Electric Ind., Alfa Lancia, Ferrari, Fineantieri, Pratt & Whitney, ITT and Volvo and Michelin have acknowledged his contribution to their success.
Dr. Ryuji Fukuda graduated from the engineering department of Kyoto University in 1954 and entered Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. He served Sumitomo in a number of managerial positions and in 1975 became the Director of the Industrial Engineering department at the company’s head office. From 1981 through 1992, Dr. Fukuda served on the board of directors and as a Gene ral Manager and Advisor for Meidensha Electric
Manufacturing Company Ltd. From 1983 to the present, he has been an independent management consultant and was also an advisor to the Japan Management Association.
Dr. Fukuda served as a lecturer on Reliability Engineering in the System Engineering department at Kobe University from 1976 through 1987.
Ryuji Fukuda is one of the few individuals who have won the prestigious Deming Prize for his contribution to productivity and quality improvement in 1978. His books are translated in numerous languages worldwide. Those available in English are Managerial Engineering – Techniques for Improving Quality and Productivity in the Workplace (Productivity Press, 1983) CEDAC – A Tool for Continuous Systematic Improvement (Productivity Press, 1989), Building Organizational Fitness – Management Methodology For Transformation And Strategic Advantage (Productivity Press, 1997).