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International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Online from: 1980

Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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The European auto components industry: Manufacturing performance and practice


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Title:The European auto components industry: Manufacturing performance and practice
Author(s):Nick Oliver, (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK), Rick Delbridge, (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK), Jim Lowe, (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK)
Citation:Nick Oliver, Rick Delbridge, Jim Lowe, (1996) "The European auto components industry: Manufacturing performance and practice", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 16 Iss: 11, pp.85 - 97
Keywords:Europe, Japan, Lean production, Manufacturing, Motor industry, Performance
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01443579610131474 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Reports the findings of a study into manufacturing performance and practice in 71 auto components plants in eight countries. Documents the performance differences between plants in different countries, and tests the extent to which lean production principles explain variations in performance. As a group, European plants trailed the USA and Japan on productivity and quality. Measures of process discipline and control most consistently discriminated between the high and low-performing plants. There was no clear link between performance and patterns of work organization or human resource policy.



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