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Title:
The evolution of a manufacturing system at Toyota
Author:
Fujimoto, Takahiro, 1955-
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 380 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780195123203

9780195126150
Format :
Book

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Central Library TL278 .F83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

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 inproduction, 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.


Author Notes

Takahiro Fujimoto is at University of Tokyo.


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That this book is specific about Toyota Manufacturing Company and its idiosyncrasies (if any) and is limited to one product--automobiles--is at once an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is that the book reveals the ways a very successful, if not the most successful, automobile manufacturing company operates on various levels. The disadvantage is that the book may seem to claim that Toyota's methods are the best for implementing the operations involved. Fujimoto (Harvard Business School) is an expert in the field and has done excellent work in bringing inputs from other companies as well, to an extent minimizing the disadvantage mentioned. Using original field studies, historical research, and statistical analyses, he shows how Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the world's largest car manufacturers, built distinctive capabilities in production, product development, and supplier management. Fujimoto claims that it is the firm's evolutionary learning ability that is the basis of its capability in car manufacturing. Of limited and indirect use for general manufacturing engineers; more useful for those in business. Faculty; professionals. K. Srinagesh; University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Table of Contents

Part I Emergence and Functions of the Total Manufacturing System
1 An Evolutionary Framework for Manufacturing
2 System Emergence at Toyota: History
3 System Emergence at Toyota: Reinterpretation
4 The Anatomy of Manufacturing Routines: An Information View
Part II Emergence and Functions of the Three Subsystems: Supplier, Development, and Production
5 Evolution of the Black Box Parts Supplier System
6 Evolution of Product Development Routines
7 Evolution of Toyota's New Assembly System
8 Conclusion: Toyota as a ""Prepared Organization""
Appendix A The Evolutionary Framework: Generic and Specific
Appendix B The Basics of Toyota-style Manufacturing
Notes
References
Index

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