Lean Research

Research into critical topics under the lean enterprise has always been a key part of Lean Frontiers. In fact, it was research from which Lean Frontiers evolved and developed. Therefore, we continue to dive into the past, and the present, in order to help build the future of the lean enterprise and even beyond.

Research Publications by Jim Huntzinger

Lean Cost Management: Accounting for Lean by Establishing Flow

Lean Cost Management demonstrates the importance of the relationship between the physical Lean enterprise and accounting for continued success. It offers a combination of principles, philosophies, and technical attributes for a transition to a Lean enterprise and the role cost management plays in this new enterprise.

Lean Accounting: Best Practices for Sustainable Integration

In this comprehensive guide, leading accounting and performance measurement practitioners analyze the current business climate and provide CFOs and accounting/finance personnel with step-by-step guidelines to seamlessly and successfully integrate sustainable, lean accounting principles within their enterprise.

The Roots of Lean

The Roots of Lean gives a description and history of Training Within Industry (TWI) and its direct impact on the Toyota Production System and the Lean Business Model.

The Lean Accounting Summit Story

This book tells the story of the original lean accounting pioneers and how their journeys eventually converged and led to the first Lean Accounting Summit. The wellspring of this early gathering would impact the entire lean community and redirect the principles and practices throughout business and industry.

Current State of Lean Report


Lean Frontiers has completed a year-long, comprehensive study to assess the current state of lean. The subject is nothing new to the Lean Frontiers’ community. Many times we’ve thought, If only we’d captured some of the conversations that took place over a beer (or three) at the end of the day at the Lean Accounting & Management SummitWell, that was the spirit of this survey. To keep the survey impartial and free of the personalities that made up its many contributors, we conducted an anonymous “Delphi” survey.