After Lean Production: Evolving Employment Practices in the World Auto Industry

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Thomas A. Kochan, Russell D. Lansbury, John Paul Macduffie
Cornell University Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 349 pages

"This book has two main strengths. First, its approach gives a sense of the texture and variety of the implementation of lean production, the forces that shape it in practice, and the alternatives that may be available. Second, the book's international focus provides a wealth of fascinating material concerning the influence of national conditions on the shaping of production practices."--Harley Shaiken, author of Work Transformed: Automation and Labor in the Computer AgeNearly every country that produces cars views the automobile industry as strategically important because of its direct economic significance and because it serves as a bellwether for innovation in employment conditions. In this book, industrial relations experts from eleven countries consider the state of the industry worldwide. They are particularly interested in assessing whether the loudly heralded model of lean production initiated by Toyota has become pervasive.The contributors focus on employment practices: the way work is organized, how workers and managers interact, the way worker representatives respond to lean production strategies, and the nature of the adaptation and innovation process itself.

 

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Contents

PART An International Perspective on the Auto Industry
3
Tables and Figures
12
PART Bellwethers of Innovation in the Auto Industry
45
Variations on a Theme
61
Continuity and Change
85
Implementing Lean Production
109
Labors Perspective on Lean Production
117
The Reorganization of Production
137
The Volvo and Saab Road beyond
191
Restructuring for Survival
205
PART Emerging Economies and Lean Production
231
Recent Developments and Policy Options
273
After Lean Production?
303
References
325
Contributors
337
Index
343

Mediterranean
177

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About the author (1997)

Thomas A. Kochan is the George M. Bunker Professor of Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management. He is coeditor of Negotiations and Change and After Lean Production and coauthor with Saul A. Rubinstein of Learning from Saturn, all from Cornell.

Russell D. Lansbury is Professor of Industrial Relations and head of the department at the University of Sydney.

John Paul MacDuffie is Associate Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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