Commentary on âCompatibility of Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, and Engineering Under Mass Production and Lean Production: An Explorationâ by Koji Taira As one of the originators of the term âlean productionâ (although certainly not of the ideas behind the name, which I and my colleagues simply synthesised from the practices of a number of Japanese firms led by Toyota), it is a pleasure to observe the spread of interest in this concept to a range of academic disciplines including applied psychology. Ironically, the main point of my commentary will be that the analysis of lean production in comparison with the previous dominant industrial paradigm of mass production is perhaps weakest in the area of . .. applied psychology! However, before pursuing this point let me briefly summarise my view of the current degree of adoption of lean production. At the time we were conducting our research at MIT in the late 1980s, we could find practically no examples in Western companies in which all of the key elements of lean production-in the primary work team, in overall organisation of physical production, in the product design team, in the method of dealing with suppliers, and in the method
Applied Psychology – Wiley
Published: Apr 1, 1996
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