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World of Possibilities: Flexibility and Mass Production in Western Industrialization (Studies in Modern Capitalism) Hardcover – June 28, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0521495554 ISBN-10: 0521495555

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Editorial Reviews


"...this book provides a powerful antidote to those narratives of industrialism in which the actor is merely a pawn in the larger sweep of history." Bertram Silverman, Labor History

"...this is an excellent collection, one with special appeal for students of European industrialization and technology." ILWCH

"The book is a fine way of opening a discussion within the history of industrialization that will surely flourish." Robert Salais, American Journal of Sociology

"[The book's] value as a whole is that it not only tells about industries that succeeded by virtue of strategies of flexible manufacturing, but also that their successes depended on many variables." Lindy Biggs, Technology and Culture

Book Description

This book presents a bold and original reinterpretation of Western industrialization from the eighteenth century to the present day in terms of the interplay between flexibility and mass production. Drawing on extensive new research by a multinational and multidisciplinary team of scholars, the volume challenges standard views about the inevitable triumph of the large-scale, verucally-integrated corporate enterprise. In contrast World of Possibilities highlights the plurality of forms of successful industrial organisation, past and present, throughout the western world.

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Modern Capitalism
  • Hardcover: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521495555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521495554
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,596,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim on July 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Charles Sabel clearly showed his bright idea regarding flexible specialization in his co-authored book published in 1984 with Piore. The new book, however, falls short of reader's expectation that something should have been added to his world of theory.
Is he just playing around with words and repeating what he has spelled out in his "The Second Industrial Divide"? This book just trys to fit the real world in his theoretical world. The world has changed a lot, but not his world of flexible specialization. This is a professional deformity.
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