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Teamwork in the Automobile Industry Ð An Anglo-German Comparison

  • Niels-Erik Wergin

    (Department of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science)

Teamwork 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 manu- facturing away from traditional taylorist models of production, but does not over-come Taylorism altogether.

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Volume (Year): 1 (2003)
Issue (Month): Autumn ()
Pages: 152-190

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