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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 as well as spawning the Danaher Business System (DBS).

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.

DBS Tools

Over time, DBS has evolved from a collection of manufacturing improvement tools into a philosophy, set of values, and series of management processes that collectively define who we are and how we do what we do. Today, our DBS tools are designed to help us excel in the areas of:

  • Growth
  • Leadership
  • Lean
  • Fundamentals

We believe our DBS tools are unique and a clear differentiator for our business because:

  • They have been refined over time into an integrated set of values and processes
  • They are designed to yield the highest impact
  • They can be implemented quickly and sustained over time by all Danaher associates
  • They are shared across all of Danaher’s operating companies