Fordism Transformed: The Development of Production Methods in the Automobile Industry


* Topical * Leading Japanese, American, and European scholars * Based on proceedings of prestigious international conference Japan is now the world's largest producer of cars but it only began to catch up with its competitors after the Second World War by studying and modifying the Ford system of mass production implemented first in the USA in the early 20th century. Other countries have also developed the system in their own ways with varying degrees of success. The papers in this volume will examine and compare the experiences of different countries in modifying the system, and the impact of the "quality control movement" and lean production in Japan.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Kazuo Wada
  • Haruhito Shiomi
  • David A. Hounshell
  • Timothy R. Whisler
  • Nils Kinch
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 1995


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