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Forcing the Factory of the Future : Cybernation and Societal Institutions - Bryn Jones

Forcing the Factory of the Future

Cybernation and Societal Institutions

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521572064
Number Of Pages: 318

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Is computerised production transforming work roles, as recent debates about flexible specialisation and post-Fordist manufacturing suggest? This book focuses on the key case of metalworking batch production in Britain, Italy, Japan and the USA. Looking at technological, political and social developments from a comparative perspective, it suggests that comprehensive factory principles never fully replaced workshop organisation. Drawing on empirical case studies of flexible manufacturing systems, Bryn Jones offers a new distinction between the bureaucratic bias of Taylorism and the product standardisation approach of Fordism, and questions whether computerised production is transcending Fordism. Instead of the often predicted models of deskilled, centrally controlled work, or a decentralised craft renaissance, he shows a greater likelihood of national variations between factory and workshop principles continuing into the contemporary age of computerisation.

The Workshop Versus the Factory
Introduction: explaining factory evolution
Past production paradigms: the workshop, Taylorism and Fordism
Productivity for prosperity: industrial renewal and Cold War politics
Technologies of Control
Technological evolution and the pathology of batch production
Numerical control, work organisation and societal institutions
Cybernation and flexibility
The cybernated factory and the American dream
An American deviant: FMS at Alpha
Easy-peasy Japanesey: flexible automation in Japan
Revolution from above: FMS in Britain
The third Italy and technological dualism
Conclusion: the struggle continues
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ISBN: 9780521572064
ISBN-10: 0521572061
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 28th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.64