By Jonathan Morris
This examine analyses the shift within the courting among huge and smaller businesses from disagreement and clash, to cooperation and mutual tips. It charts the speed of the adaption of jap type buyer-supplier family members in North American and Western ecu organizations.
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Further, Aglietta (1979) argues that neo-Fordism offers a solution to the contradictions of Fordism by diversifying product ranges and generating a new flexibility involving the transformation to flexible forms of mass production, including the ability for firms to produce in short and medium batches. In contrast, Sabel (1982) uses the term to describe transformations in managerial control over the labour process, and a weakening of rigid management systems characteristic of the Fordist factory.
For instance, Pollert (1988) criticizes the FST by casting doubt that mass markets and production are breaking down. She notes that, one can look at a whole range of industries which are based on mass and large batch production and continue to sell well to large markets: food, flatpack furniture, DIY goods, toiletries, records, toys, the list covers most consumer goods. (p. 60) Moreover, one of the keys elements of FST is the role of new flexible technology and its suitability for small firms. Again, Pollert indicates that Some Theoretical Considerations 29 the major items of equipment for more flexible production, like computer aided design and numerically controlled machines, are very expensive and available only to the larger manufacturers.
As Williams et al. (1987) note, one should question Fordism as a model of the past and caution against its use as a central organizing concept as it elides too many differences and establishes an uninformative stereotype ... 423) A further point by Wood (1989) concerns the interrelations between different epochs of work and work organization. As Wood argues: Any transformation of work is approached in terms of whether it reverses Taylorism or represents an abandonment of Fordism, and a move towards autonomous working arrangements, as exemplified by craft working.
Transforming Buyer-Supplier Relations: Japanese-Style Industrial Practices in a Western Context by Jonathan Morris