Global Japanization?: The Transnational Transformation of the Labour Process

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Global Japanization? brings together a collection of articles exploring the impact of Japanese manufacturing investment and the adoption of Japanese working practices on a cross-national basis. Key issues are explored through a range of national and sectoral studies of work reorganization and work experience within Japanese companies and their competitors. Original case studies are employed to support a wide-ranging critique of the established view of the 'Japanese model' of work organization. Alternative models,...
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Overview

Global Japanization? brings together a collection of articles exploring the impact of Japanese manufacturing investment and the adoption of Japanese working practices on a cross-national basis. Key issues are explored through a range of national and sectoral studies of work reorganization and work experience within Japanese companies and their competitors. Original case studies are employed to support a wide-ranging critique of the established view of the 'Japanese model' of work organization. Alternative models, as in the Swedish and Italian cases, are discussed in depth. Drawing on international research, this volume sheds new light on an important and often controversial debate centring on Japanese working practices. It will be of great interest to students and researchers in the sociology of work, organizational sociology and international business.
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Global Japanization? Convergence and Competition in the Organization of the Labour Process 31
2 How Far from Japan? A Case Study of Japanese Press Shop Practice and Management Calculation 60
3 'Japanese Management' and the 'Loaning' of Labour: Restructuring in the Japanese Iron and Steel Industry 91
4 How Does the Japanese Model Transfer to the United States? A View from the Line 123
5 Reunifying Conception and Execution of Work Under Japanese Production Management? A Canadian Case Study 152
6 Understanding the Transfer of Japanese Management Practices: The Australian Case 175
7 Transplants and Emulators: The Fate of the Japanese Model in British Electronics 196
8 The Swedish Model of Work Organization in Transition 238
9 A Gentler Way to Total Quality? The Case of the 'Integrated Factory' at Fiat Auto 266
10 Between Adversarial Relations and Incorporation: A Study of the 'Joint Process' in an American Auto-Components Plant 297
11 'Japanese' Methods and the Changing Position of Direct Production Workers: Evidence from Brazil 327
12 Japanese Production Techniques in Brazilian Automobile Components Firms: A Best Practice Model or Basis for Adaptation? 348
Index 378
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