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Life on the Line in Contemporary Manufacturing: The Workplace Experience of Lean Production and the `Japanese' Model

Rick Delbridge


Much is stated and written about the new world of work but how much do we know about the contemporary workplace? What influence have Japanese management techniques (Just-in-Time Production and Total Quality Management, for example) had on the way work is organized in ‘transplants’, and more broadly in other firms and sectors? Have the systems and mechanisms of control changed radically in recent years, or are they much the same as they have always been? This book is in a long tradition of ethnographic research in industrial sociology and management/labour studies. Not only does it offer rich e ... More

Keywords: workplace, Japanese management techniques, Just-in Time Production, Total Quality Management, transplants, industrial sociology, labour studies, management practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198292333
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292333.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rick Delbridge, author
University of Wales
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