The Hybrid Factory in the United States will be the English translation of a book published in April 2005 by Toyo Keizai Shinpo Sha, a leading business publisher in Japan. The book is the outcome of an extraordinarily comprehensive field survey of Japanese auto and electronics factories in North America by the Japan Multinational Enterprise Study Group (JMNESG). This extensive project, conducted in North America in 2000-2001, covers 81 factories in the course of assessing the transferability of Japanese-style management and production systems (JMS, for short) to overseas factories owned by Japanese companies. All of the book's investigations are based on a common methodology, which the editor and contributors call a "hybridization analysis"; it quantifies the degree to which features of the Japanese system have been transplanted, using an elaborate checklist and scoring system. This common methodology allows the contributors to make detailed inter-regional comparisons by analyzing the different hybridization patterns in each region. The sheer amount of raw data will be enormously helpful to researchers and students in international business who are examining the diffusion of high performance management and production methods in new environments. This book, with its wealth of data, should serve as a handy reference volume to students and scholars in business schools taking strategic management courses with a focus on international business, as well as practitioners and managers of transplants in the car and electronics sectors, and economists and social scientists interested in the issue of international management and the impact of globalization upon production models.
1. Introduction: The Japanese-style Management and Production System in the U.S.A; (TETSUJI KAWAMURA); 1.1 JAPANESE AND THE U.S. PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND THEIR VICISSITUDES IN THE UNITED STATES; -THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HYBRID MODEL ANALYSIS; 1.2 HYBRID MODEL AND THE EVALUATION CRITERIA; 2. The Japanese Management System and Corporate Strategies (Hiroshi Itagaki); 3. Hybrid Analysis of Japanese Transplants in the U.S.A; 3.1 GENERAL FEATURES OF THE JAPANESE TRANSPLANTS IN THE U.S.A. -INTER-REGIONAL AND INTER-TEMPORAL COMPARISONS (HIROSHI ITAGAKI/ WOOSOEK JUHN); 3.2 AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRIES; 3.2.1 AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRIES IN NORTH AMERICA (HIROSHI KUMON); 3.2.2 JAPANESE AUTOMOBILE FIRMS IN NORTH AMERICA (SHINYA ORIHASHI); 3.2.3 AUTO ASSEMBLY (KUNIO KAMIYAMA); 3.2.4 AUTO PARTS AND COMPONENTS (KATSUO YAMAZAKI); 3.3 ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES; 3.3.1 ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLY (TETSUJI KAWAMURA/YANSHU HAO); 3.3.2 OTHER ELECTRONICS (HIROSHI ITAGAKI); 4. Specific Cases of Hybrid Factories in the United States; 4.1 TOYOTA INDIANA (KUNIO KAMIYAMA); 4.2 TOSHIBA (TETSUO ABO); 4.3 MINEBEA (HANSEN CORPORATION) (ZHIJIA YUAN); 4.4 GM LANSING (TETSUJI KAWAMURA); 5. Situations and Cases in Mexico and Canada; 5.1 AUTO AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES AND THE MAQUILADORA IN MEXICO (KOJI SERITA); 5.2 HONDA IN CANADA AND MEXICO (HIROSHI KUMON); 5.3 FORD HERMOSILLO (JORGE CARRILLO AND YOLANDA MONTIEL); 5.4 DELPHI MEXICO (JORGE CARRILLO); 6. Conclusion and Prospects (Tetsuji Kawamura)