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Explaining productivity differences : comparative analysis of automotive plants in Japan, the United States, Thailand and China, Hiromichi Shibata

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Explaining productivity differences : comparative analysis of automotive plants in Japan, the United States, Thailand and China
Title
Explaining productivity differences
Title remainder
comparative analysis of automotive plants in Japan, the United States, Thailand and China
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Hiromichi Shibata
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Language
eng
Summary
This book, in contrast with previous research and popular discussions that focus on the productivity of workers, identifies the critical influence of supervisors and engineers as key drivers of productivity differentials. To do so, it analyzes productivity at a Japanese car component plant and its three offshoot plants located in the United States, Thailand, and China and how productivity evolved at these plants from the mid-1990s to the early 2010s. The author's participatory observation approach reveals that productivity and work practices converged to a limited degree over the years at all four plants. Particularly influential are the persistent differences at these plants in the extent to which workers learn how to combine and integrate their production skills with troubleshooting skills. Supervisors play a key role in developing this integration in Japan, while worker skills remain separated in the other countries. Integrated skill development is promoted in Japan through the trusting relationships that first-line supervisors enjoy with their workforce. In the plants abroad, in contrast, the persistence of workers' control over their individual skill development and careers impedes the development of integrated skills. Manufacturing engineers at the Japanese mother plant also play key linking roles, thereby enhancing communications and problem-solving on the shop floor, whereas manufacturing engineers at the US, Thai, and Chinese plants play more limited and compartmentalized roles. As a result, productivity remains high in Japan and lags in the other plants. Surprisingly, Japanese managers remain reluctant to introduce these more productive work practices in the offshoot plants
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1954-
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Shibata, Hiromichi
Dewey number
650
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no index present
LC call number
HF1010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Springer briefs in business
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  • Business
  • Leadership
  • Production management
  • International business enterprises
  • Automobile industry and trade
  • Labor economics
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • Automobile industry and trade
  • Business
  • International business enterprises
  • Labor economics
  • Leadership
  • Production management
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Explaining productivity differences : comparative analysis of automotive plants in Japan, the United States, Thailand and China, Hiromichi Shibata
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online resource
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Mother Plant in Japan and Its Transplants in the United States -- 3. The Transplants in Thailand and China -- 4. Conclusion
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1 online resource.
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online
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9789811019593
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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10.1007/978-981-10-1959-3
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  • (OCoLC)954214904
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Explaining productivity differences : comparative analysis of automotive plants in Japan, the United States, Thailand and China, Hiromichi Shibata
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https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://link.springer.com/10.1007/978-981-10-1959-3
Publication
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unknown
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Mother Plant in Japan and Its Transplants in the United States -- 3. The Transplants in Thailand and China -- 4. Conclusion
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789811019593
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
SpringerLink
Other control number
10.1007/978-981-10-1959-3
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)954214904
  • (OCoLC)ocn954214904

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