Alternatives to Lean Production: Work Organization in the Swedish Auto Industry

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ILR Press, 1992 - Business & Economics - 286 pages
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Christian Berggren asks whether the mass production of manufactured goods can be adjusted to meet human needs & fit human capacities. In the heyday of classical "Fordism," workers were subjected to intense time pressure to perform highly repetitive, physically demanding work, & Berggren challenges the contention that the character of the work is substantially improved by "Toyotism."Swedish auto industry has developed a distinctly different production design & work organization, exploring alternatives to the assembly line & to the traditional shop-floor hierarchy. Swedish model of teamwork increased independent decision making & elicited strong union commitment. But how successful has this model been?

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The AssemblyLine Regime and the Volvo Trajectory
The Evolution and Transplantation of Toyotism
SmallScale Car Makers

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Professor of Industrial Management at Linkoping University in Sweden.

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