Models and Practices in the Motor Vehicle Industry – contrasting cases from the Portuguese experience
AbstractThis paper presents and discusses two case studies in the Portuguese motor vehicle industry – Salvador Caetano’s Ovar Industrial Division (SCOID), a ‘Brownfield site’ with minority Toyota ownership; and Autoeuropa, a ‘Greenfield site’ wholly owned by Volkswagen. Basically, it considers the scope for the meaningful application of ‘Japanese’ organisational methods in these contexts, focusing on the human factor – i.e. as close as possible to the actors on the shop floor. After providing some insights into the Portuguese automotive industry, it profiles both SCOID and Autoeuropa and assesses each of their methods of work, within this balance of commitment between global and local. The main findings reveal the lag that can exist between theoretical models (namely those following a geographical criteria) and the actual practice carried out by manufacturers when tested outside their point of geographical origin.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 6171.
Date of creation: Jun 2005
Date of revision: Dec 2005
Motor vehicle industry; Lean Production; hybridisation; work organisation; case studies; Toyota ; Volkswagen ; Portugal;
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