Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain by Tony ElgerAssembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain by Tony Elger

Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain

byTony Elger, Chris Smith

Hardcover | May 3, 2006

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Japanese manufacturing firms established in Britain have often been portrayed as carriers of Japanese corporate best practice for work and employment. In this book, the authors challenge these views through case study research, undertaken at several Japanese manufacturing plants in Britainduring the 1990s.The authors argue that in actual fact production and employment regimes are adapted and 're-made' in a number of ways, responding to specific corporate and local contexts. In particular, they focus upon the ways in which Japanese and British managers have sought to construct distinctive work regimesin the light of their particular branch plant mandates and competencies, the evolving character of management-worker relations within factories and the varied product and labour market conditions they face. The book highlights the constraints as well as the opportunities facing managers of thesegreenfield workplaces, and the uncertainties that continued to characterize the development of management strategies. Ultimately the authors show how arguments about the role of overseas branch plants in the dissemination of management practices must take more careful account of the varied ways in which such factories are implicated in wider corporate strategies. The operations of international firms are embeddedwithin intractable features of capitalist employment relations, especially as they are 're-made' in specific local and national settings.This book is an important intervention in contemporary debate about international firms and globalization, and will be of interest to teachers, researchers, and advanced students of this subject from disciplines including Business Studies, Organization Studies, Industrial Relations, Sociology,Political Economy, and Economic and Social Geography.
Tony Elger has taught Sociology at the Universities of Aberdeen, Birmingham and Warwick. His main research interests are in the Sociology of Work and Employment and Comparative Labour Studies. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Comparative Labour Studies. Chris Smith has taught Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations ...
Title:Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in BritainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:428 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.11 inPublished:May 3, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199241511

ISBN - 13:9780199241514


Table of Contents

Part I: Theoretical Issues1. Transplants, Transfer, and Work Transformation2. The Japanese Model and its Implications for International Transfer and Work Transformation3. The Internationalization of Japanese Manufacturing4. A Model for Understanding Work Organization in the Transnational Company5. Research Methods: The Strategy of Multiple Case-Study ResearchPart II: Manufacturing Transplants: Cluster and Company6. The Arena of Transplant Capital: Space and Locality Studies7. Work and Employment Relations in the Large Assembly Transplants8. Work and Employment Relations in the Smaller Component Sub-Contractors9. Upgrading Production Regimes: RandD - the Apricot/Mitsubishi Electric DramaPart III: Remaking Work Lives: The Scope and Limits of Collective and Individual Action10. Remaking Working Lives: The Scope and Limits of Collective and Individual Action11. Managers and Workers: Collective and Individual Froms of Resistance and Acqueiscence12. Conclusions: Transfer and Hybridization of Production Models: Lessons from Japaneses Transplant Research