Automotive Production Systems and Standardisation

From Ford to the Case of Mercedes-Benz

  • Constanze Clarke

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

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About this book


The introduction of the Mercedes-Benz Production System (MPS) is exemplary of a trend within the automotive industry: the creation and introduction of company-specific standardised production systems. This book contributes to the debate about production systems by examining the social and economic implications of the role of standardisation in production systems. In this context it addresses three core issues: First, the driving forces behind the changing forms and functions of standardisation and the role of institutions therein. Second, the impact of standardisation on the evolution of automotive production systems. Third, based on the author's own empirical research conducted over a three year period at the Mercedes-Benz plant Stuttgart-Untertürkheim/Germany, the book examines the influence of standardisation on the work of actors on the shop floor in terms of organisational learning processes and the regulation of work.


Automotive Industry Learning Organisation Production Systems Quality Management Standardisation organization production

Authors and affiliations

  • Constanze Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of International Business Administration (IB)University of Applied Sciences HeilbronnHeibronnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Physica-Verlag HD
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7908-1578-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7908-1628-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1941
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