High Performance Work Systems and the Production Worker
The fragmentation of previously single corporate entities into more complex business unit structures was, in both case studies, one of the central building blocks of the high performance work regime. The principal objective was to secure for management a more transparent framework of cost control. However, ‘decentralization’ did not stop at the level of the business unit. Management also introduced production teams in the form of cellular working along with systems of kaizenstyle problem-solving. Both were aimed at rationalizing capital and labour deployment whilst, ostensibly, providing a greater degree of worker input into job design.
KeywordsProduction Worker Continuous Improvement Business Unit Cellular Manufacturing Lean Manufacturing
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