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Life on the Line in Contemporary ManufacturingThe Workplace Experience of Lean Production and the `Japanese' Model$
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Rick Delbridge

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292333

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292333.001.0001

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Contemporary Manufacturing and Workplace Relations

Contemporary Manufacturing and Workplace Relations

(p.1) 1 Contemporary Manufacturing and Workplace Relations
Life on the Line in Contemporary Manufacturing

Rick Delbridge

Oxford University Press

The main concern in this book is at the level of the workplace and with particular reference to the nature of workplace relations. It presents the findings of a detailed empirical study of the form and content of workplace relations in two manufacturing organizations. There has been considerable discussion of a fundamental shift in the organization and management of manufacturing operations, especially regarding ‘flexible’ and ‘lean’ production. This chapter considers the impact of the so-called new management techniques — notably just-in-time and total quality management (JIT and TQM), human resource management (HRM), team working, lean production and the ‘Japanese model’ of the manufacturing management.

Keywords:   workplace, workplace relations, total quality management, human resource management, team working, lean production, Japanese model, manufacturing management

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