The Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota

The Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota

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What is the true source of a firm's long-term competitive advantage in manufacturing? Through original field studies, historical research, and statistical analyses, this book shows how Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the world's largest automobile companies, built distinctive capabilities in production, product development, and supplier management. Fujimoto asserts that it is Toyota's evolutionary learning capability that gives the company its advantage and demonstrates how this learning is put to use in daily work.Whereas members of the process engineering divisions, as well as plant engineers, are specialists in each process technology, the ... of the planning and construction of new or renovated plants, this division is in charge of practical improvements after production starts. ... factories and suppliers solve problems when the division is requested and/or approved by Toyotaa#39;s production executives to do so.

Title:The Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota
Author:Faculty of Economics at University of Tokyo Takahiro Fujimoto Professor
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1999-07-19


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