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Factory man : how Jim Harbour discovered Toyota's quality and productivity methods and helped the U.S. auto industry get competitive

Author: James E Harbour; James V Higgins
Publisher: Dearborn, Mich. : Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Factory Man is about James Harbour and the epic struggle of the U.S. auto industry to catch up to Japan in quality and productivity. James Harbour's story, blunt and accessible, includes a detailed description of how Detroit went astray, beginning right after World War II. The story continues to the present day as he explains why Detroit still hasn't quite caught up and how desperate the situation has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: James E Harbour; James E Harbour
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James E Harbour; James V Higgins
ISBN: 9780872638600 087263860X
OCLC Number: 302387248
Description: xvi, 170 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Toolmaker's Son --
Ch. 2. My Factory Education --
Ch. 3. Chrysler Debacle --
Ch. 4. My Turn to Go --
Ch. 5. Atom Bomb --
Ch. 6. At Warner-Lambert --
Ch. 7. GM's Most Dangerous Decade --
Ch. 8. Japanese in North America --
Ch. 9. Harbour Report --
Ch. 10. General Motors and the Three C's --
Ch. 11. My Days in Journalism, and the Everlasting Customer --
Ch. 12. Why It Hasn't Worked --
Ch. 13. Word About Trade --
Ch. 14. Whither the Big Three? --
Ch. 15. Why We Should Care About Manufacturing.
Responsibility: James E. Harbour with James V. Higgins.

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In 1981, James Harbour reported that Toyota could offer a small car for sale in the US at a production cost of $1,500-$1,700 less than the Detroit automakers at that time, a cost advantage of about  Read more...

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Jim Harbour offers a clear and compelling analysis of what has gone wrong with American auto manufacturing and how it can be put right. The frequent human interest anecdotes make it an absorbing, Read more...

 
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