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Americanization and Its LimitsReworking US Technology and Management in Post-war Europe and Japan$
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Jonathan Zeitlin and Gary Herrigel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269044

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269044.001.0001

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The Evolution of the ‘Japanese Production System’: Indigenous Influences and American Impact

The Evolution of the ‘Japanese Production System’: Indigenous Influences and American Impact

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(p.316) Chapter 11 The Evolution of the ‘Japanese Production System’: Indigenous Influences and American Impact
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Americanization and Its Limits
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Kazuo Wada

Takao Shiba

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269044.003.0011

This chapter examines the American impact on the evolution of the Japanese production system, focusing on the fabrication or assembly industries in which US management ideas and practices were most influential. Topics covered include the Japanese production system before the early 1930s, improvements in wartime production methods after 1945, the reception and influence of American management methods in post-war Japan, and the development of automation.

Keywords:   Japan, fabrication industry, assembly industry, automation

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