Problem Solving

Danaher Business System

DBS is who we are
and how we do what we do.

Success at Danaher doesn't happen by accident. We have a proven system for achieving it. We call it the Danaher Business System (DBS), and it drives every aspect of our culture and performance. We use DBS to guide what we do, measure how well we execute, and create options for doing even better—including improving DBS itself.

In the mid-1980s, a Danaher operating company faced with intensifying competition launched an improvement effort based on the then-new principles of lean manufacturing. The initiative succeeded beyond anyone's expectations—reinforcing the operating company's industry leadership and bringing forth the Danaher Business System.

Fueled by Danaher's core values, the DBS engine drives the company through a never-ending cycle of change and improvement: exceptional?PEOPLE?develop outstanding?PLANS?and execute them using world-class tools to construct sustainable?PROCESSES, resulting in superior?PERFORMANCE. Superior performance and high expectations attract exceptional people, who continue the cycle. Guiding all efforts is a simple philosophy rooted in four customer-facing priorities: Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Innovation.

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