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Full-Utilization Learning Lean

Luria, Dan and Vidal , Matt and Wial , Howard and Rogers, Joel (2006) Full-Utilization Learning Lean. [Industry Studies Working Paper:2006-03]



This paper reviews trends in component-manufacturing employment, wages, and productivity in union and nonunion shops and shows why a sharp increase in productivity growth, especially in union shops, is necessary if a large number of high-wage jobs are to be preserved. It also explains international and local unions' varied strategies that attempt to preserve jobs and/or raise productivity. Drawing on case study research on production processes in component manufacturing, the paper then argues for a model of industrial production, "full-utilization learning lean," that has the potential to raise productivity and preserve a large number of high-wage manufacturing jobs. This model combines lean production, continuous learning and substantive participation by production workers, and high levels of capacity utilization. The paper suggests public policies and union strategies that can spread this model.

Industry Studies Series #:2006-03
Item Type:Industry Studies Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords:industry studies, industry studies working paper, industry studies association, industry studies research
ID Code:69
Deposited By:Mr Robin Peterson
Deposited On:18 Feb 2010 13:46
Last Modified:07 Jun 2010 10:44

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