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Evolution of Manufacturing Systems at Toyota [Hardcover]

by Takahiro Fujimoto
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September 7, 2001 0195123204 978-0195123203 0
Through original field studies, historical research, and statistical analyses, this book shows how the Toyota Motor Corporation built - and continues to build - distinctive capabilities in production, product development, and supplier management as part of a total system. Fujimoto reinterprets the resource-capability view of the firm and uses an evolutionary perspective to show how an effective total manufacturing system creates sustainable competitive advantages. Scholars and students of strategy, operations, and technology management, as well as practitioners in the automobile industry, will find the Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota insightful and informative.


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"This is much more than a book about Toyota or a book about manufacturing....The book contains important contributions to the theory and practice of organizational learning that will be equally interesting to the practitioner and the academic."--Journal of Product Innovation Management


"...the book reveals the ways a very successful, if not the most successful, automobile manufacturing company operates on various levels....useful for those in business."--Choice


About the Author

Takahiro Fujimoto is at University of Tokyo.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Productivity Press (September 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195123204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195123203
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about Toyota? November 21, 2008
Format:Hardcover
While there have been many, many books written about what makes Toyota so successful, this one gets my vote for being the most insightful, and possibly the driest. It presents a framework for analyzing the toyota system that has influenced my thinking about systems generally, and then provides a detailed analysis of how that system evolved. I recommend it highly for anyone interested in really understanding Toyota in detail. If you're completely new to the subject you may want to start with The Toyota Way or A Study of the Toyota Production System from an Industrial Engineering Viewpoint, but not Ohno's "Toyota Production System", which has all the clarity of a zen koan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strategic capabilities can be born unintentionnally June 12, 2000
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Format:Hardcover
A book that tries to highlight the role of system formation processes that aren't deliberately planned in Toyota. It is written after the author's past works on functional analysis of existing/planned manufacturing systems in the automobile industry and Toyota in particular. The presentation adopts the evolutionary approach considering that manufacturing systems aren't merely a product of deliberately planning. Some of Toyota's successful routines may have originated unintentionally. Social systems often evolve because of unanticipated events and unplanned behavior. This idea is related to system emergence, a concept central to his evolutionary framework. What the author has presented and uncovered from Toyota's experience can be happened in other companies or may have been taken place in other companies. This is an example of work that we cannot find easily for other successful companies using an evolutionary approach, not strictly in a neo-darwinian framework. This book gives us general idea on how company's organizational capabilities were born and helps us understand particularly how Toyota has created its style manufacturing system and capabilities. A book that is worth-reading not only by scholars and students in management and organizational science, but also by those being actors in companies' building capabilities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strategic capabilities can be born unintentionnally June 12, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A book that tries to highlight the role of system formation processes that aren't deliberately planned in Toyota. It is written after the author's past works on functional analysis of existing/planned manufacturing systems in automobile industry and Toyota in particular. The presentation adopts the evolutionary approach considering that manufacturing systems aren't merely a product of deliberately planning. Some of Toyota's successful routines may have originated unintentionally. Social systems often evolve because of unanticipated events and unplanned behavior. This idea is related to system emergence, a concept central to the evolutionary framework the author has adopted. What the author has presented and uncovered from Toyota's experience can be happened in other companies or may have been taken place in other companies. This is an example of presentation that we cannot find easily for other successful companies using an evolutionary approach, not strictly in a neo-darwinian framework. This book gives us general idea on how company's organizational capabilities were born and helps us understand particularly how Toyota has created its style manufacturing system and capabilities. A book that is worth-reading not only for scholars and students in management and organizational science, but also by those being actors in companies' building capabilities.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unconscious Learning is not Evolution August 24, 2007
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I intensely dislike the abuse of the word "evolution". This is an example. Evolution is a characteristic of a species, not the individuals that are part of the species. The individuals change by LEARNING, as best they can, not by evolving. If organizatonal practices change without conscious design, that is a perfect example of organizational learning. If the organizational practices in an industry change because the organizations who use one practice fail and those using another don't, that is evolution.
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