In the 20th century, the individual credited as the father of scientific management (Frederick Winslow Taylor) introduced standardization and best practices. Taylor explained that, whenever a workman proposes an improvement, it should be the policy of the management to make a careful analysis of the new method, and if necessary conduct a series of experiments to determine accurately the relative merit of the new suggestion and of the old standard. And whenever the new method is found to be markedly superior to the old, it should be adopted as the standard for the whole establishment." In the 1910s, the American Industrialist recognized the threat of cheap offshore labor to the indigenous American workers and stated the goal of what is now called lean manufacturing as countermeasure.The figure below show the timelines of lean manufacturing;picture can be more clearly if by clicking on the original size .
FIG 2 Components of lean manufacturing
The question is looking at the time series analysis outlined, readers should comments on how they believe would be the new development as far as learn manufacturing is concern considering the environment implication.