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After Lean Production
Evolving Employment Practices in the World Auto Industry
Thomas A. Kochan (Editor); Russell D. Lansbury (Editor); John Paul MacDuffie (Editor)


Paper, 1997 ISBN: 978-0-8014-8413-1
$ 35.95   £27.50

This book has two main strengths. First, its approach gives a sense of the texture and variety of the implementation of lean production, the forces that shape it in practice, and the alternatives that may be available. Second, the book's international focus provides a wealth of fascinating material concerning the influence of national conditions on the shaping of production practices.-Harley Shaiken, author of Work Transformed: Automation and Labor in the Computer Age Nearly every country that produces cars views the automobile industry as strategically important because of its direct economic significance and because it serves as a bellwether for innovation in employment conditions. In this book, industrial relations experts from eleven countries consider the state of the industry worldwide. They are particularly interested in assessing whether the loudly heralded model of lean production initiated by Toyota has become pervasive.The contributors focus on employment practices: the way work is organized, how workers and managers interact, the way worker representatives respond to lean production strategies, and the nature of the adaptation and innovation process itself. Contributors: Paul Adler, University of Southern California Greg J. Bamber, Queensland University of Technology, Australia G?ran Brulin, National Institute for Work Life Research, Sweden Arnaldo Camuffo, University Ca?Foscari and University of Venice, Italy Jos? Roberto Ferro, Fundac? Getulio Vargas, Brazil Afonso Correia Fleury, Universidade de S?o Paulo, Brazil Maria Tereza Fleury, Universidade de S?o Paulo, Brazil Philip Hirschsohn, Sloan School of Management, MIT, and University of the Western Cape, South Africa John Holmes, Queens University, Canada Mitsuo Ishida, Dosisha University, Japan Ulrich J?rgens, WZB Science Center, Germany Thomas A. Kochan, Sloan School of Management, MIT Pradeep Kumar, Queens University, Canada Russell D. Lansbury, University of Sydney, Australia John Paul MacDuffie, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Stefano Micelli, University of Venice, Italy Tommy Nilsson, National Institute for Work Life Research, Sweden Young-Bum Park, Young Nam University, Korea Frits Pil, University of Pittsburgh Siegfried Roth, IG Metall, Germany Saul Rubinstein, Rutgers University Harry Scarbrough, Warwick Business School, United Kingdom Michael Terry, Warwick Business School, United Kingdom Guiseppe Volpato, University Ca?Foscari, Italy

About the Author
Thomas A. Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Russell D. Lansbury is Professor of Industrial Relations and head of the department at the University of Sydney. John Paul MacDuffie is Associate Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Subject Areas
Economics & Finance
Industrial and Labor Relations