Operations Management in Japan The Efficiency of Japanese Manufacturing
This book provides insights into Japanese production and operations management through the roles and human resource management of Japanese manufacturing engineers and how their roles contribute to efficient manufacturing.
The book looks at six industries i.e. automobile, electronics, business machine industries of the parts processing and assembly sector, steel, chemical and pharmaceutical industries of the material processing sector, and 13 Japanese leading multinational companies. It also compares Japanese automotive firms with their German, French, and American counterparts. The analysis reveals that many managers, employees, and scholars underappreciate the roles and contributions of manufacturing engineers in the United States.
The book will offer invaluable lessons to management scholars interested in operations management and global supply chains, especially in the context of the Japanese manufacturing industry.
"This book fills a major gap in previous research and policy discussions by addressing the central role played by manufacturing engineers. It provides a wealth of original data including interviews with manufacturing engineers in a number of countries to compare and contrast what these engineers actually do. A key theme of the book is the lynchpin role engineers play communicating up and down the workplace. It will be of interest not only to academics but also to policy makers and those concerned with the practice of manufacturing." - Harry C. Katz, Jack Sheinkman Professor and former Dean, Cornell University and President-elect, International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)