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Teamwork in the Automobile Industry - an Anglo-German Comparison

Wergin, Niels-Erik. (2003) Teamwork in the Automobile Industry - an Anglo-German Comparison. European Political Economy Review, 1 (2). pp. 152-190.

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    Teamwork in the automotive industry varies significantly from plant to plant. This article compares teamwork in four automobile plants in Germany and Britain, and addresses two questions: (1) Do different models of teamwork fit into a bi-polar model of teamwork, being either innovative or structural conservative? (2) Do current models of teamwork signify a development towards post-fordism, or are they merely part of a neo-fordist rationalisation of production? The following answers are suggested: (1) Teamwork in different motor-car plants cannot be categorised in a bi-polar model; rather do they represent a continuum. (2) Teamwork moves manufacturing away from traditional taylorist models of production, but does not over-come Taylorism altogether.

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    Item Type: Article
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
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    Series: Journals > European Political Economy Review
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2006
    Page Range: pp. 152-190
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:40

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