John Krafcik probably knows as much about lean production as anyone in the industry today, at least outside of the Toyota organization. In fact, Krafcik is that man who, when working with James P. Womack and others on the International Motor Vehicle Program at MIT (where Krafcik received his M.S. in Management, from the Sloan School in 1988), helped coin the phrase "lean manufacturing," which became essentially immortalized in The Machine That Changed the World (1990). The man who helped define "lean" is now helping Hyundai gain ground in the U.S. market by heading up the company's Corporate Planning Div. By Gary S. Vasilash, Editor-In-Chief (Automotive Design & Production)