A Study of British and Japanese Factories
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Managing Innovation by D.H. Whittaker
Book DescriptionInnovation is a key to corporate success, particularly in times of rapid technological change. This book sheds new light on the introduction of technology in the manufacturing sector. The author considers the use of innovative technology in both Britain and Japan by examining nine firms in each country. He focuses on computerised machine tools (CNC) and shows how the various firms have risen to the challenge of implementing the new technology. Particular emphasis is placed on the differing employment relations in the factories, the nature of operating training and workload distribution. Dr Whittaker identifies fundamentally different approaches in the two countries which have implications for competiveness as well as future innovation. The contrast is especially attractive since Japanese industrial relations is commonly distinguished by its cooperative nature whilst industrial relations in Britain has tended to be more confrontational. These conventional views are challenged with an original perspective on the labour process and new technology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521380553
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Apr-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author D.H. Whittaker
Managing Innovation, Paperback (June 2008)
This book will be of major interest to specialists in technical innovation and industrial relations.
New Community Firm, Hardback (January 2005)
Japanese employment, corporate governance and management issues set in context of modern business practice, originally published in 2005.
Small Firms in the Japanese Economy, Paperback (June 1999)» View all books by D.H. Whittaker
Comprehensive analysis of the significant but often overlooked role of small firms in Japan's economy.
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