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T his is a careful and insightful case study of how the Toyota Production System manages the paradox of efficiency and flexibility, which arises periodically in connection with model changeovers. The authors detail the functioning of four organizational mechanisms—metaroutines, partitioning, switching, and ambidexterity. However, of particular interest is(More)
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T his paper traces the main lines of evolution of the organization of professional work. The argument is illustrated with material on the case of doctors and hospitals. While market and hierarchy principles have become progressively more salient in professional work, we argue that, in parallel, the community principle has been growing more influential, too.(More)
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  • John Paul MacDuffie, John Paul MacDufile, +7 authors Charles Sabei
  • 1997
We are grateful to Honda of American Manufacturing and the Honda suppliers who generously provided time and access to their operations for this project. Thanks also to Abstract Honda of America has developed a comprehensive approach to teaching the principles of lean production to its suppliers. The centerpiece of these efforts is a program called BP (for "(More)