The Myth of Japanese Efficiency: The World Car Industry in a Globalizing Age

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Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 202 pages
Combining case studies with accessible but rigorous production models and historical background, this book challenges accepted views on Japanese production methods in the world car industry.
The Myth of Japanese Efficiency casts a familiar debate in an

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Contents

Introducing the myth of Japanese efficiency
1
Wide selection a myth encountered
15
Production malapropisms the BMWRover Group controversy
44
Lean production the dog that did not bark
69
Back to the future the reorganization of work at Toyota
98
Rivalrous asymmetries and the Japanese myth
118
Rethinking lean thinking substance and counterfeit
145
The totalizing myth Japanese efficiency as a cultural fiction
161
References
181
Index
193
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Dan Coffey is at Leeds University Business School, UK.

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