This book re-examines management theory ‘after Globalization’. Combining key names and studies from across the world, it explores the local realities that resist universal theories and that permeate the daily lives of practising managers.
The book provides a comprehensive and critical reflection on the widely documented phenomenon of globalization in business. It assesses the implications of the diversity of individual economies and enterprises for general theories of management and concludes by presenting new approaches to the study and research of management and organizations.
Chapter 6: Alternative Socio-Technical Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region: An International Survey of Team-Based Cellular Manufacturing
Alternative Socio-Technical Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region: An International Survey of Team-Based Cellular Manufacturing
In cell manufacturing, workers are divided into teams – usually of between two and 50 employees – grouped around the manufacturing equipment that each needs. A single cell makes, checks and even packages an entire product or component. Each worker performs several tasks, and every cell is responsible for the quality of its products. As such, cell manufacturing is the ultimate factory-floor refinement of other team-management techniques that western companies have embraced in recent years. (The Economist. 17 December 1994: 61)
This chapter aims to contribute to contemporary academic debates on the so-called ‘new production paradigms’. Such ...