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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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A Reappraisal of Contemporary Manufacturing and the ‘Japanese’ Model

A Reappraisal of Contemporary Manufacturing and the ‘Japanese’ Model

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(p.193) 10 A Reappraisal of Contemporary Manufacturing and the ‘Japanese’ Model
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Life on the Line in Contemporary Manufacturing
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Rick Delbridge

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292333.003.0010

The first part of this chapter compares and contrasts the workplace relations of Nippon CTV and Valleyco and explores some of the reasons for these differences. In the second part of the chapter, some broader observations regarding these findings are made. The depth and understanding that ethnographic research of this kind allows can offer the opportunity for reflecting upon wider issues within the business environment. The issues discussed include a reappraisal of the Japanese model and its transferability and some observations on the position of Britain within the global economy. There are some implications for state policy on the outcomes of the UK government's actions in attracting foreign investment based on low technology, low value added, and low wage operations. Some comparisons are drawn between the type of investment and nature of operations in the Mexican maquiladora region and those attracted to the UK. This chapter argues that the UK has effectively become the maquiladora of Europe and the implications of this are identified.

Keywords:   workplace relations, Nippon CTV, Valleyco, Japanese model, foreign investment, Britain, maquiladora

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