The Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota

Hardcover | August 15, 1999

byTakahiro Fujimoto

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What is the true source of a firm's long-term competitive advantage in manufacturing? Through original field studies, historical research, and statistical analyses, this book shows how Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the world's largest automobile companies, built distinctive capabilities inproduction, product development, and supplier management. Fujimoto asserts that it is Toyota's evolutionary learning capability that gives the company its advantage and demonstrates how this learning is put to use in daily work.

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What is the true source of a firm's long-term competitive advantage in manufacturing? Through original field studies, historical research, and statistical analyses, this book shows how Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the world's largest automobile companies, built distinctive capabilities inproduction, product development, and suppli...

Takahiro Fujimoto is at University of Tokyo.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PART I: Emergence and Functions of the Total Manufacturing System1. An Evolutionary Framework for Manufacturing2. System Emergence at Toyota: History3. System Emergence at Toyota: Reinterpretation4. The Anatomy of Manufacturing Routines: An Information ViewPART II: Emergence and Functions of the Three Subsystems: Supplier, Development, and Production5. Evolution of the Black Box Parts Supplier System6. Evolution of Product Development Routines7. Evolution of Toyota's New Assembly System8. Conclusion: Toyota as a "Prepared Organization"Appendix A. The Evolutionary Framework: Generic and SpecificAppendix B. The Basics of Toyota-style ManufacturingNotesReferencesIndex

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"...the book reveals the ways a very successful, if not the most successful, automobile manufacturing company operates on various levels....useful for those in business."--Choice