Alternatives to Lean Production: Work Organization in the Swedish Auto Industry (Second Edition, with a New Introduction)


SKU: 9781501745362
Author: Berggren, Christian
Publication Date: 11/30/1993
Publisher: ILR Press
Binding: Hardcover
Media: Book
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The Swedish auto industry has developed a distinct production design and work organization, exploring alternatives to the assembly line and to the traditional shop-floor hierarchy, with a model of teamwork that increases independent decision making and elicits strong union commitment. Berggren evaluates in detail the reorganization of work within the Swedish auto industry from 1970 to 1990. In his introduction to the new edition, he explores the significance of Volvo’s decision to close its two most innovative plants.