Beyond Mass Production: The Japanese System and Its Transfer to the U.S.

Hardcover | August 1, 1991

byMartin Kenney, Richard Florida

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Not long ago, American manufacturing was in sharp decline. The Big Three carmakers closed dozens of plants, mostly in Michigan and other surrounding states, eliminating more than 250,000 jobs. Another quarter of a million workers lost their jobs in related industries. Now United Statesmanufacturing is making a comeback--thanks, in part, to the transplanting of Japanese corporations of over 25 billion dollars worth of heavy industry and 100,000 jobs. The Japanese companies are making long-term commitments where United States business leaders had seemed to give up hope. The successof these ventures is the result of the sweeping revolution in the organization of technology, work, and production that lies at the heart of the Japanese model of production. This book explores the rise of this Japanese model and provides a detailed examination of the processes which have broughtabout its transfer to the United States. It presents new and original data on the extent of Japanese investment in both United States heavy industry and high technology and provides an an empirically-grounded discussion of the reasons why this has occurred. The authors focus on the transfer of basicelements of Japanese production organization and develop a broad conceptual theme contrasting the Japanese model of production organization with that of United States Fordism. With a wealth of illustrations and straightforward examples, this work will appeal to those interested in urban and regionaleconomics, industrial organization, labor relations, and economic geography.

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Not long ago, American manufacturing was in sharp decline. The Big Three carmakers closed dozens of plants, mostly in Michigan and other surrounding states, eliminating more than 250,000 jobs. Another quarter of a million workers lost their jobs in related industries. Now United Statesmanufacturing is making a comeback--thanks, in part...

Martin Kenney is at University of California, Davis. Richard Florida is at Carnegie-Mellon University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:August 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionI. Origins and Development of the System2. Beyond Fordism3. High-Technology Capitalism in JapanII. Transfer and Diffusion4. Proving Ground: Japanese Automobile Assembly in the United States5. Building a Just-in-Time Complex: Automotive Parts Suppliers6. The "New Iron Age" Comes to America: Japanese Investment in Steel7. Rounding Out the Industrial Infrastructure8. Consumer and High-Technology ElectronicsIII. Further Evolution9. Tensions and Contradictions of the Transplants10. Conclusions and ImplicationsAppendix A: Overview of the ResearchNotesIndex

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"This very complete study encompasses auto plants and consumer and high-technology electronics firms."--Sloan Management Review