After the Second World War, the economics of the western capitalist countries were based on a production system called fordism, but in the mid 1970s this system began to break down, and it has been in crisis since. But does resolving this crisis imply a complete break with the past, notably with the principles of Taylor and Ford? Based on an analysis of the transformations currently taking place in several international companies, this book reveals the complexities and subtleties of today's transitions.
PART 1: HOW DOES A NEW PRODUCTION SYSTEM EMERGE?
The Production Model as a Network of Interdependencies
Diffusion and Success as Services of Crisis
Out with the Old System, in with the New?
The 1990s: the New Production Paradigm
Shared Principles and National Diversities
Toyotaism and Uddevallaism are not the End of History!
PART 2: IS A NEW PRODUCTION SYSTEM REALLY EMERGING?
Fragmented Responses to the Crisis of Regulation
Towards Organizational Change?
The Ambivalence of Change and Resistance
What do the Changes mean?
Conclusion: Global Continuity and Local Transformations