Implications and New Directions
This chapter reviews the discussion and argues that the adoption of a tectonic approach to the analysis of organizational change and stability has had beneficial results. It analyzes the relationship between organizational and technical integration and then moves on to identify some more general implications for the debate on the new production paradigm. Drawing particularly on the typology of generic production strategies presented in Chapter 5, the chapter concludes by arguing that, just as mass production never diffused to large areas of industry, lean production is unlikely to completely change the world.
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