On the Line at Subaru-Isuzu: The Japanese Model and the American Worker

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As a participant observer at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Laurie Graham conducted extensive covert research. Her findings will interest all those concerned about Japanese management strategies, the auto industry, and the American worker's experience of lean production.
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Overview

As a participant observer at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Laurie Graham conducted extensive covert research. Her findings will interest all those concerned about Japanese management strategies, the auto industry, and the American worker's experience of lean production.
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Library Journal
Graham (sociology, Purdue Univ.) worked in the Subaru-Isuzu nonunion plant near Lafayette, Indiana, for six months, keeping covert records of her experiences and those of her co-workers. Her book explains Japanese management strategies, which center production on work teams and emphasize output; it also takes on U.S. worker responses, worker/management cooperation, and coersion vs. consent. The work's seven chapters address topics such as the Japanese model debate, worker selection, orientation and training, the work setting, thinking like an associate, and working like a worker and depicts voices from the floorreporting what some of Graham's co-workers reported. A scholarly account that is particularly recommended for students and academics of contemporary labor and industrial relations.Joseph W. Leonard, Miami Univ., Oxford, Ohio
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Graham (labor studies, Indiana U.) presents her findings as a participant/observer at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, a nonunion Japanese automobile transplant in Indiana, drawing on covert records of her experiences and those of her co-workers to reveal how US workers respond to Japanese management strategies that center on work teams. She reviews the Japanese model debate, details aspects of the model such as worker selection, and relates her experiences with orientation and training at the plant. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"On the Line at Subaru-Isuzu is a good case study of the new auto factory. . . .worthwhile reading."—Sharryn Kasmir, Department of Anthropology, Hofstra University. Science and Society. Fall 2000. Vol. 64, No. 3.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875463469
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1995
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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