Flexible Production

Flexible Production : Restructuring of the International Automobile Industry

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This work provides an interpretation of industrial development and strategy. The automobile industry is of key importance to Western economies, but analysts have failed to relate the international expansion of the industry to national policies and the structure of markets. This book offers an extensive discussion of the global reorganization of auto manufacture over the past few years. It offers a theoretical analysis of the interplay between the state and economic enterprise, giving attention to implications for both developed and developing nations, and a conceptualizing of regions. Drawing upon case studies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and the former Yugoslavia, the book presents a comprehensive view of the production systems that emerged from East Asia, North America and Europe, and how these were transferred to the industrializing nations. As the conditions underlying international competitiveness continue to change, these relationships similarly have continued to evolve into new configurations. The book develops an account of the transformation of the division of labour within the automobile industry, discussing why firms are motivated to shift manufacturing as well as research and development into different types of region and what the connections are between the supplier base and the public sector. The ideas set out by the author should be of use in understanding the nature of a basic industry today, but they are also relevant to industrial restructuring in general.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 430g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 tables, 15 figures, diagrams, index
  • 0745607527
  • 9780745607528

Table of contents

1. Flexibility in an Interdependent World Economy 2. Industrial Production, Regional Development, and Public Policy 3. Automobile Production and the Industrial Legacy of the United States 4. European and Japanese Models of Industrialization: A Study of Contrasts 5. Emerging Nations: Profiles of Interdependent Development 6. Assessing the Prospects for Development Under Flexible Production.show more