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Beyond mass production : the Japanese system and its transfer to the U.S.

Author: Martin Kenney; Richard L Florida
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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This study explores the Japanese model of production and provides a detailed examination of the processes which have brought about its transfer to manufacturing operations in the USA. It presents  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kenney, Martin.
Beyond mass production.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Kenney; Richard L Florida
ISBN: 0195071107 9780195071108
OCLC Number: 24628815
Description: xii, 410 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction. Japanese Transplants in the United States. Transfer of the Japanese System. Beyond Fordism? Theories of Industrial Change and Restructuring. Innovation-Mediated Production: A New Model. Outline of the Text --
I. Origins and Development of the System. 2. Beyond Fordism. Industrial Unrest, Accommodation, and the Japanese System. The Accord and the Unevenness of the Japanese Political Economy. The Organization of Work and Production: The Core of the System. Harnessing Knowledge at the Point of Production. The Management of Knowledge. Production Networks. A Context for Change. 3. High-Technology Capitalism in Japan. An R&D-Intensive Production System. Organization of the R&D Lab. Connecting the R&D Lab and the Factory. The Factory as a Center for Innovation. Redefining Industrial Boundaries. Innovation Complexes and Sponsored Spin-offs. Software in the Era of Innovation-Mediated Production --
II. Transfer and Diffusion. 4. Proving Ground: Japanese Automobile Assembly in the United States. The Transplant Corridor. Location: Where and Why? Work and Production Organization in the Transplants. Form vs. Substance: The Transfer of Kaizen Activity. Selecting and Socializing Production Workers. Wages. Unions and Industrial Relations. Job Security at the Transplants. How Workers Are Adapting. The Transplants and the Big Three. Beyond the "Screwdriver Factor": Transplant R&D in the United States. Indicators and Elements of Success. 5. Building a Just-in-Time Complex: Automotive Parts Suppliers. Building a Just-in-Time System. The Japanese and American Supplier Systems. Diffusion of Japanese Work and Production Organization. Job Classifications. Quality Control and Kaizen Activity. Recruitment and Selection. Wages and Employment Security. Transfer of Japanese Just-in-Time Supplier Relations. Role of Transplant Assemblers. Transplants vs. U.S. Suppliers. Working with U.S. Suppliers. The Bluegrass Automotive Manufacturers Association. JIT Takes Hold. R&D Investments by Parts Suppliers. Global Localization. 6. The "New Iron Age" Comes to America: Japanese Investment in Steel. The Japanese Move into American Steel Production. Steel and the Transplant Industrial Complex. Producing Coated Steel for the Automotive Transplants. Integrated Steel Production. Restructuring Work and Production. Restructuring the Integrated Mills. Employment Security. Attempts to Avoid the Union. Selecting and Training Workers. Harnessing Workers' Intelligence. Worker and Management Adaption. Steel Processors and Service Centers: Linking Steel to Autos. Backward Integration into Steel Refractory Products. Future Trends. The "New Iron Age" Comes to America. 7. Rounding Out the Industrial Infrastructure. Japanese Investment in Rubber and Tires. Remaking the Factories. Inherited Locations. Industrial Machines, Capital Goods, and Other Major Inputs. Rebuilding the Rustbelt. The Myth of the Screwdriver Factory. Understanding the Transplant Complex. Battle Creek, Michigan: Reindustrialization of a Rustbelt Town. Maximizing Local and Regional Benefits. Putting It All Together. 8. Consumer and High-Technology Electronics. Japanese Electronic Investments in America. U.S. Transplants and the Globalization of Japanese Electronics. Work and Production Organization. Unrest at Sanyo: The American Labor-Management Legacy. Manufacturing Consent: Unionization, Wages, and Long-term Employment. The White-Collar/Blue-Collar Divide. Turnover: A Crucial Dilemma. Global Coordination: A Growing Problem. Suppliers and Domestic Content. Portland, Oregon: An Emerging Electronics Complex. Japanese Maquiladoras. Japanese Electronics R&D in the United States. Japanese Equity and Venture Capital Investments in U.S. Start-ups. Japanese Electronic Transplants in Europe. Limited Transfer --
III. Further Evolution. 9. Tensions and Contradictions of the Transplants. Pumping Work Out of Workers. Repetitive-Motion Injury. Management Failure. Corporate Control. Corporate Control in the Fordist Factory. Socializing American Workers. Creating a Corporate Family. Communication and Corporate Control. Absence and Attendance Policies. Peer Discipline. Temporary Workers. The Myth and Reality of Long-Term Employment. Race and the Transplants. Anti-unionism. The Union as Partner. Unreconstructed American Management. Community Control. Government Giveaways. Capital vs. Community. Into the Future. 10. Conclusions and Implications. The Model Revisited. The Factory as Laboratory. Transcending Industrial Boundaries. Production and Culture. The Process of Industrial Transformation. Looking Ahead. International Restructuring: The United States, Europe, and Beyond. Future Transfer: Obstacles and Opportunities. From Production to Reproduction. Appendix A: Overview of the Research. Research in Japan. Research on the Transplants.
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