Knowledge Works: Managing Intellectual Capital at Toshiba

Hardcover | March 1, 1997

byW. Mark Fruin

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This book describes why, for the past twenty-five years, Japanese productivity has been growing more rapidly than productivity in the U.S. Unlike other books on the subject of the Japanese success in manufacturing, it looks at what actually happens in factories. The author brings hisexperience of working at the Yanagicho Works of the Toshiba Corporation, in Kawasaki City. Like so many Japanese factories, this one is highly productive, efficient, and flexible. While the factory is ordinary looking on the outside, its workers are anything but ordinary as they constantly strive toimprove the way they work and the quality of the products they produce. The key to this is the continuous creation and application of knowledge throughout the factory, from workers on the shop floor, to research and development engineers, to top management. Fruin explains how Japanese culture andreligion prepare workers for their role in this process of creating and disseminating knowledge.

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This book describes why, for the past twenty-five years, Japanese productivity has been growing more rapidly than productivity in the U.S. Unlike other books on the subject of the Japanese success in manufacturing, it looks at what actually happens in factories. The author brings his experience of working at the Yanagicho Works of the ...

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This book describes why, for the past twenty-five years, Japanese productivity has been growing more rapidly than productivity in the U.S. Unlike other books on the subject of the Japanese success in manufacturing, it looks at what actually happens in factories. The author brings hisexperience of working at the Yanagicho Works of the T...

W. Mark Fruin is at INSEAD.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.37 × 6.26 × 1.06 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195081951

ISBN - 13:9780195081954

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Table of Contents

1. Form, Creativity, and Competitiveness2. Architectures for Innovation and Renewal3. Organization Campaigning4. Managing Competition and Cooperation5. Computer-on-a-Card6. Internationalizing Knowledge Works7. Learning Strategies and Learning FactoriesNotesBibliographyAppendixIndex

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This book describes why, for the past twenty-five years, Japanese productivity has been growing more rapidly than productivity in the U.S. Unlike other books on the subject of the Japanese success in manufacturing, it looks at what actually happens in factories. The author brings his experience of working at the Yanagicho Works of the Toshiba Corporation, in Kawasaki City. Like so many Japanese factories, this one is highly productive, efficient, and flexible. While the factory is ordinary looking on the outside, its workers are anything but ordinary as they constantly strive to improve the way they work and the quality of the products they produce. The key to this is the continuous creation and application of knowledge throughout the factory, from workers on the shop floor, to research and development engineers, to top management. Fruin explains how Japanese culture and religion prepare workers for their role in this process of creating and disseminating knowledge. us applies a kind of

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"This book is a useful and thought-provoking study of how a single factory is organized to support rapid innovation in both process and production technology.[. . .] Having worked in the Yanagicho factory as an employee, Fruin writes with an authority born of experience. [. . .] Fuin bravelyenters the realm of individual values, culture, and, inevitably, history. Knowledge Works persuasively demonstrates the importance of these less quantifiable and more local aspects of human experience. [. . .] Well constructed and excellently researched."--EH.NET