Teamwork in the Automobile Industry - an Anglo-German Comparison
AbstractTeamwork in the automotive industry varies significantly from plant to plant. This article compares teamwork in four automobile plants in Germany and Britain, and addresses two questions: (1) Do different models of teamwork fit into a bi-polar model of teamwork, being either innovative or structural conservative? (2) Do current models of teamwork signify a development towards post-fordism, or are they merely part of a neo-fordist rationalisation of production? The following answers are suggested: (1) Teamwork in different motor-car plants cannot be categorised in a bi-polar model; rather do they represent a continuum. (2) Teamwork moves manufacturing away from traditional taylorist models of production, but does not overcome Taylorism altogether.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 0406010.
Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 26 Jun 2004
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Teamwork; Automobile Industry; Industrial Relations; Lean Production; Post-fordism;
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- Niels-Erik Wergin, 2003. "Teamwork in the Automobile Industry Ð An Anglo-German Comparison," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 1(Autumn), pages 152-190.
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