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Teamwork in the Automobile Industry Ð An Anglo-German Comparison

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  • Niels-Erik Wergin

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

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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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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:1:y:2003:i:autumn:p:152-190
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    Keywords

    Teamwork; Automobile Industry; Industrial Relations; Lean Production; post-Fordism;

    JEL classification:

    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise
    • P51 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems

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