Fordism Transformed: The Development of Production Methods in the Automobile Industry

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Japan is now the world's largest producer of cars but it only began to catch up with its competitors after World War II by studying and modifying the Ford system of mass production implemented first in the USA in the early part of the century. Other countries have also developed the system in their own ways with varying degrees of success. The papers in this volume will examine and compare the experiences of different countries in modifying the Ford system, and the impact of the `quality control movement' and lean production in Japan.
 

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Contents

The Emergence of the Flow Production Method in Japan
11
The Formation of Assembler Networks in the Automobile
28
Planning and Executing Automation at Ford Motor
49
The Road from Dreams of Mass Production to Flexible
107
THE FORD SYSTEMS AND PRODUCTION
137
A Note on the Origin of the Black Box Parts Practice in
184
THE FORD SYSTEMS
217
Production Methods and Industrial Relations at Fiat
243
On the Differing Roles of
269
Adoption of the Ford System and Evolution of
297
Index
315
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About the author (1995)

Haruhito Shiomi is at Nagoya City University. Kazuo Wada is at University of Tokyo.

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