High Performance Work Systems and the Production Worker

  • Andy Danford
  • Mike Richardson
  • Paul Stewart
  • Stephanie Tailby
  • Martin Upchurch
Part of the The Future of Work Series book series (TFW)

Abstract

The fragmentation of previously single corporate entities into more complex business unit structures was, in both case studies, one of the central building blocks of the high performance work regime. The principal objective was to secure for management a more transparent framework of cost control. However, ‘decentralization’ did not stop at the level of the business unit. Management also introduced production teams in the form of cellular working along with systems of kaizenstyle problem-solving. Both were aimed at rationalizing capital and labour deployment whilst, ostensibly, providing a greater degree of worker input into job design.

Keywords

Milling Resis Production Line Defend Decen 

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Copyright information

© Andy Danford, Mike Richardson, Paul Stewart, Stephen Tailby and Martin Upchurch 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andy Danford
    • 1
  • Mike Richardson
    • 1
  • Paul Stewart
    • 1
  • Stephanie Tailby
    • 1
  • Martin Upchurch
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandUK
  2. 2.Middlesex University Business SchoolUK

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