Inhuman assembly line production techniques Inappropriate time and motion management philosophy Taylorism Fordism
There has been a continuing competitive decline of the centres of old Fordism -- North America and the UK -- and a matching success of Japan, Germany, and parts of Italy and Scandinavia, where a quite different productive model is in place.
All the successful industrial economies are marked by their rejection of Taylorism and the negotiated consent of a core manual and technical labour force. Taylorism can no longer deliver the key elements of modern competition -- productivity, innovation and quality. The new competition requires a skilled and committed workforce, and this can only be achieved through a change in the social compromise between capital and labour.
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