Flexibility at Work: Development of the International Automobile Industry [NOOK Book]

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Recent transformations, such as outsourcing, modularisation and high performance workplaces, have had a big impact on the international automobile industry. This book covers the most relevant and recent developments in the car industry internationally. It includes a rich cross-border comparative analysis but also presents an in-depth national-based case study analysis covering recent transformations in the car industry in European and non-European countries. Both parts assess the extent to which recent ...
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Overview

Recent transformations, such as outsourcing, modularisation and high performance workplaces, have had a big impact on the international automobile industry. This book covers the most relevant and recent developments in the car industry internationally. It includes a rich cross-border comparative analysis but also presents an in-depth national-based case study analysis covering recent transformations in the car industry in European and non-European countries. Both parts assess the extent to which recent organisational practices represent a pattern of organisational phenomenon known as 'lean production'. In particular, the book examines the impact of these developments on the organisation of labour, and the quality of working life in the sector worldwide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230265059
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 985 KB

Meet the Author

VALERIA PUGLINANO is a lecturer in industrial relations at Warwick Business School. She is a research fellow in the project "Outsourcing and Modular Organisation in the Automobile Industry: An International perspective."

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Table of Contents

Introduction 'Flexibility' at Work. Critical Developments in the International Automobile Industry Valeria Pulignano Pulignano, Valeria Paul Stewart Stewart, Paul Andy Danford Danford, Andy Mike Richardson Richardson, Mike 1

Pt. I Developments in the International Car Industry: The Comparative Perspective 15

1 Bureaucracy Transcended? New Patterns of Employment Regulation and Labour Control in the International Automotive Industry Valeria Pulignano Pulignano, Valeria Paul Stewart Stewart, Paul 17

2 Lean Production and Quality of Working Life on the Shop Floor: The Experience of British and Italian Car Workers Andy Danford Danford, Andy Mike Richardson Richardson, Mike Valeria Pulignano Pulignano, Valeria Paul Stewart Stewart, Paul 45

3 Lean Production: The Original Myth Reconsidered Dan Coffey Coffey, Dan Carole Thornley Thornley, Carole 83

Pt. II Developments in the International Car Industry: The National-based Perspective 105

4 Scope for Policymaking in a Globalised Economy: The Case of Car Assembly in Belgium Geert Van Hootegem Van Hootegem, Geert Rik Huys Huys, Rik 107

5 From Lean Production to Mass Customisation: Recent Developments in the Australian Automotive Industry Richard Cooney Cooney, Richard Graham Sewell Sewell, Graham 127

6 Labour Relations in the Modular System: Ten Years of the VW Experience at Resende, Brazil Jose Ricardo Ramalho Ramalho, Jose Ricardo Elaine Marlova V. Francisco Francisco, Elaine Marlova V. 151

7 The Quest for Flexibility in the Mexican Auto Parts Industry: Three Tales from a Multinational Company Christian Levesque Levesque, Christian 173

Index 195

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