The Myth of Japanese Efficiency: The World Car Industry in a Globalizing Age
Combining case studies with accessible but rigorous production models and historical background, this provocative book challenges accepted views on Japanese production methods in the world car industry.
The book argues that the 'lean and flexible' production model popularly associated with Toyota MC is a myth, but one which sheds light on cultural responses to the attendant stresses of globalization. To illustrate this, Dan Coffey provides individual studies of process flexibility, labour productivity and the re-organization of work in the global car industry. Wider evaluations of Japanese impacts on the global economy and a resurgent Western capitalism are then made, progressing the case for a fundamental re-assessment of the narratives informing popular accounts of Japan's manufacturing success. Beginning with the fictionalization of history and propagation of empirical counterfactuals and finishing with observations on the wider impact of the 'lean and flexible' approach, the bold and controversial conclusion reacheld by the author is that what is at stake is our understanding of the form and meaning of 'production fantasy'.
The Myth of Japanese Efficiency casts a familiar debate in an unfamiliar light. It will strongly appeal to management and business strategy academics, political economists and industrial sociologists interested in the debate on Fordist versus 'post-Fordist' production methods/'lean and flexible' manufacture and Japanese post-war success in the world market for manufactured goods. Human resource management specialists interested in best production practice will also find much to interest them within this book.
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Table 3.2 Comparative plant parameters for pre - production lock - in ( i ) Sample site ( ii ) Pre - production lock - in Rover Metro ( Longbridge ) Mazda 323 ( Hiroshima ) Honda Civic ( Suzuku ) * Rover 200 and 400 ( Longbridge ) ...
When BMW acquired the Rover Group in 1994 , it obtained several production locations in the UK : Longbridge itself , the Land and Range Rover site at Solihull , and the famous Cowley plant in Oxford . A year earlier speculation on the ...
small way this is evident in the Brady and Lorenz study : while for the main part even - handed and balanced in their assessment of the relative merits of Longbridge and Cowley as production sites with regard to the initial BMW ...
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Introducing the myth of Japanese efficiency
a myth encountered
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