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Author: 伊原亮司. ; Ryōji Ihara; Hugh Clarke
Publisher: Melbourne : Trans Pacific Press ; Portland, OR : International Specialized Book Services (distributor), 2007.
Series: Japanese society series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is both an expose and a study. The author describes the harsh conditions under which Toyota's casual workers toil and provides a detailed account of the sacrifices they make. The book challenges widely held views on the respective roles of skill, supervision and quality control in the car industry. The work should appeal to any reader with an interest in car making, the sociology of work or Japanese  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ihara, Ryōji.
Toyota's assembly line.
Melbourne : Trans Pacific Press ; Portland, OR : International Specialized Book Services (distributor), 2007
(OCoLC)647603798
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 伊原亮司. ; Ryōji Ihara; Hugh Clarke
ISBN: 1876843365 9781876843366 187684342X 9781876843427
OCLC Number: 141386234
Notes: Translation of: Toyota no rōdō genba : dainamizumu to kontekusuto (Sakurai Shoten, 2003).
Description: xvii, 250 pages : illustrations, tables ; 23 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Joining the Company --
1. Factory, Group and Mode of Work --
2. Work on the Factory Floor --
3. The 'Skill' of Shop-floor Workers --
4. Worker 'Autonomy' --
5. Supervision on the Factory Floor --
6. Labour Management and the Everyday Lives of Workers --
7. Dynamism in the Workplace --
Epilogue: The Labour Market and the Workplace --
App. I. Research Trends and the Skill Debate --
App. II. Subsequent Developments in the Toyota Workplace.
Series Title: Japanese society series.
Other Titles: Toyota no rōdō genba.
Responsibility: Ryoji Ihara ; translated by Hugh Clarke.

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"This book is both an expose and a study. The author describes the harsh conditions under which Toyota's casual workers toil and provides a detailed account of the sacrifices they make. The book challenges widely held views on the respective roles of skill, supervision and quality control in the car industry. The work should appeal to any reader with an interest in car making, the sociology of work or Japanese society in general."--BOOK JACKET.

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