One Best Way?: Trajectories and Industrial Models of the Worlds Automobile Producers

Hardcover | April 1, 1999

EditorMichel Freyssenet, Andrew Mair, Koichi Shimizu

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Many argue that the sole viable future for the automobile industry - indeed for all industry - is the adoption of `lean production' as an organizational model. One Best Way? brings together the research of academic specialists in the automobile industry who have analysed the evolution of 15major Asian, North American, and European companies in terms of their technological, organizational, commercial and social `trajectories'. They look closely at the evidence for `one best way' and argue that it is more useful to assess the distinctive challenges and `trajectories' that companieshave pursued as they try to optimize their profit-making capacities. The book present detailed descriptions of the major producers around the world in three sections: Asia: Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Hyundai North America: General Motors, Ford, Chrysler Europe: Peugeot, Renault, Rover, Mercedes, Volvo, Lada The book will be essential reading and reference for academics, researchers, and analysts worldwide wanting to track the course of the automobile industry and assess the merits of `lean production'.

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Many argue that the sole viable future for the automobile industry - indeed for all industry - is the adoption of `lean production' as an organizational model. One Best Way? brings together the research of academic specialists in the automobile industry who have analysed the evolution of 15major Asian, North American, and European comp...

Michel Freyssenet is at University of Evry, Paris. Andrew Mair is at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Format:HardcoverPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198290896

ISBN - 13:9780198290896

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Table of Contents

Michel Freyssenet: Introduction1. Michel Freyssenet: Intersecting Trajectories and Model Changes2. Daniel Raff: Models, Trajectories, and the Evolution of Production Systems: Lessons from the American Automobile Industry in the Years Between the WarsPart I. Only One Model in Japan?3. Kiochi Shimizu: New Toyotaism?4. Masanori Hanada: Nissan: Restructuring to Regain Competitiveness5. Andrew Mair: The Globalization of Honda's Product-Led Flexible Mass Production System6. Kiochi Shimizu and Kiochi Shimokawa: The Unique Trajectory of Mitsubishi Motors7. Myeong-Kee Chung: Hyundai Tries Two Industrial Models to Penetrate Global MarketsPart II. Three Distinct Trajectories at North America's Big Three8. Michael Flynn: The General-Motors Trajectory: Strategic Shift or Tactical Drift?9. Gerard Bordenave: Globalization at the Heart of Organizational Change: Crisis and Recovery at the Ford Motor Company10. Bruce Belowski: Re-Inventing ChryslerPart III. Europe's Dilemma: The Original Conditions of Industrial Model's Viability11. Ulrich Jurgens: The Development of Volkswagen's Industrial Model, 1967-199512. Arnaldo Camuffo and Giuseppe Volpato: Making Manufacturing Lean in the Italian Automobile Industry: The Trajectory of Fiat13. Jean-Louis Loubet: Peugeot Meets Ford, Sloan, and Toyota14. Michel Freyssenet: Renault: From Diversified Mass Production to Innovative Flexible Production15. Andrew Mair: From British Leyland Motor Corporation to Rover Group: The Search for a Viable British Model16. Christian Berggren: A Second Comeback or a Final Farewell? The Volvo Trajectory, 1973-199417. Jean-Jaques Chanaron: Lada: Viability of Fordism?18. Michel Freyssenet, Andrew Mair, Kiochi Shimizu, and Giuseppe Volpato: Conclusion: The Choices to be made in the Coming Decade