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MANAGEMENT: Manufacturing

"Profitability is the Key to Value. If You've Got it, Flaunt It. If You Don't Have It, Get It (business strategy). If You Can't Get It, Get Out (capital strategy)."

--- Bill Fruhan, Professor of Finance, Harvard Business School, author of: Financial Strategy: Studies in the Creation, Transfer, and Destruction of Shareholder Value.

1988 - Utah State University recognized Dr. Shigeo Shingo, one of world’s leading experts in improving manufacturing processes (helped create, write about many aspects of revolutionary manufacturing practices comprising Toyota Production System) for his lifetime accomplishments with an Honorary Doctorate in Business; developed  Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence to promote awareness of Lean manufacturing concepts, recognize companies in United States, Canada, Mexico that achieve world-class manufacturing status; regarded as premier manufacturing award recognition program for North America; intended as "Nobel prize" in business, grounded in lean enterprise management leading to world-class and globally competitive business; criteria (practices, techniques that might achieve world-class level of quality, cost, delivery, business results) organized into 5 sections: 1) Leadership Culture and Infrastructure; 2) Manufacturing Strategies and System Integration; 3) Non-Manufacturing Support Functions; 4) Quality, Cost and Delivery; 5) Customer Satisfaction and Profitability; administered by Office of Business Relations in College of Business at Utah State University; administered by Office of Business Relations in College of Business at Utah State University.

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(Deere), Rod Beemer and Chester Peterson, Jr. (1999). Inside John Deere: A Factory History. (Osceola, WI: MBI Publishing, 128 p.). Deere & Co., Manufacturing Processes, John Deere Tractors - Design and Construction.

(Ford), Detroit Institute of Arts (1978). The Rouge, The Image of Industry in the Art of Charles Sheeler and Diego Rivera. (Detroit, MI: Detroit Institute of Arts, 96 p.). Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965 --Exhibitions; Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 --Exhibitions; Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant--In art--Exhibitions.

(Ford), Michael Kenna (1996). The Rouge (photographs by Michael Kenna). (Santa Monica, CA: Ram Publications, 50 photographs). Photographer. Ford Motor Company; Rouge Plant; Automobile production.   

(Ford), William A. Levinson (2002). Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant. (New York, NY: Productivity Press, 358 p.). Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 Influence; Industrial relations; Automobile industry and trade Management; Industrial management; Production management. 

(Ford), Joseph P. Cabadas (2004). River Rouge: Ford's Industrial Colossus. (St. Paul, MN: Motorbooks International, 192 p.). Former Reporter (News Herald Newspapers) and Auto Reporter (U.S. Auto Scene and Used Car News). Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant; Automobile factories--Dearborn--Michigan; Ford automobile--Design and construction--History; Automobile industry and trade--United States--History. 

(GM), Solange de Santis (1999). Life on the Line: One Woman's Tale of Work, Sweat and Survival. (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 272 p.). Reporter (Wall Street Journal-Toronto). Manufacturing-Labor. 

(Glacier Metal Company), Elliott Jacques (1952). The Changing Culture of a Factory. (London, UK: Tavistock Publications, 341 p.). Glacier Metal Company; Industrial relations; Personnel management.

(Subaru-Isuzu), Laurie Graham (1995). On the Line at Subaru-Isuzu: The Japanese Model and the American Worker. (Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 169 p.). Fuji J¯ukogy¯o Kabushiki Kaisha; Isuzu Jid¯osha Kabushiki Kaisha; Automobile industry workers--Indiana--Lafayette; Automobile industry and trade--Indiana--Lafayette--Management; Corporations, Japanese--Indiana--Lafayette--Management.

(Toyota), Shigeo Shingo; newly translated by Andrew P. Dillon; with a foreword by Norman Bodek (1989). A Study of the Toyota Production System from an Industrial Engineering Viewpoint. (Cambridge, MA: Productivity Press, 257 p.). Toyota Jido?sha Ko?gyo? Kabushiki Kaisha; Production control; Just-in-time systems (JIT). First book in English on JIT; classic industrial engineering rationale for priority of process-based over operational improvements in manufacturing; basic mechanisms of Toyota production system, production as functional network of processes, operations, mechanism necessary to make JIT possible in any manufacturing plant.

(Toyota), Yasuhiro Monden (1998). Toyota Production System: An Integrated Approach to Just-in-Time. (Norcross, GA: Engineering & Management Press, 480 p. [3rd ed.]). Toyota Jid¯osha Kabushiki Kaisha; Automobile industry and trade--Production control--Japan; Just-in-time systems; Production management--Japan.

(Toyota), Takahiro Fujimoto (1999). The Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 380 p.). Toyota Jid¯osha Kabushiki Kaisha--Management; Automobiles--Design and construction; Industrial efficiency; Operations research; Toyota automobiles.

(Toyota), John M. Gross, Kenneth R. McInnis (2003). Kanban Made Simple: Demystifying and Applying Toyota's Legendary Manufacturing Process. (New York, NY: AMACOM, 259 p.). Just-in-time systems; Production control; Factory management. 

(Western Electric), Richard Gillespie (1991). Manufacturing Knowledge: A History of the Hawthorne Experiments. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 282 p.). Industrial management--Research--United States--Case studies. 1924-1933 experiments undertaken by Western electric company at its Hawthorne works in Chicago: What motivates workers to work harder? What can management do to create contented and productive workforce?

Frederick H. Abernathy, John T. Dunlop, Janice H. Hammond, David Weil (1999). A Stitch in Time: Lean Retailing and the Transformation of Manufacturing--Lessons from the Apparel and Textile Industries. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 368 p.). Clothing trade--United States--Management; Manufacturing industries--United States--Management--Data processing; Retail trade--United States--Management; Just-in-time systems; Organizational change; Manufacturing industries--Management; Textile industry--United States--Management. 

Maxine Berg (1994). The Age of Manufactures, 1700-1820: Industry, Innovation and Work in Britain. (New York, NY: Routledge, 304 p. [2nd ed.]). Manufacturing industries--Great Britain--History--18th century. 

Lindy Biggs (1996). The Rational Factory: Architecture, Technology, and Work in America's Age of Mass Production. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 202 p.). Plant layout; Mass production--United States; Production engineering; Industrial efficiency--United States. 

Stephen N. Broadberry (1997). The Productivity Race: British Manufacturing in International Perspective 1850-1990. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 451 p.). Department of Economics (University of Warwick). Industrial productivity -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century; Industrial productivity -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century; Industrial productivity -- United States -- History -- 19th century; Industrial productivity -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Industrial productivity -- Germany -- History -- 19th century; Industrial productivity -- Germany -- History -- 20th century; Competition, International -- History. Productivity levels in Britain, United States, Germany since 1850; new ways of looking at Britain's relative economic decline while debunking number of misapprehensions regarding the nature and causes of the decline.

Roger Burlingame (1949). Backgrounds of Power; The Human Story of Mass Production. (New York, NY: Scribner, 372 p.). Technology--Philosophy; Civilization.

Teri L. Caraway (2007). Assembling Women: The Feminization of Global Manufacturing. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 208 p.). Assistant Professor of Political Science (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities). Women--Employment; Manufacturing industries--Employees; Sexual division of labor; Women--Employment--Indonesia; Manufacturing industries--Indonesia--Employees; Sexual division of labor--Indonesia.  

Albert J. Churella (1998). From Steam to Diesel: Managerial Customs and Organizational Capabilities in the Twentieth-Century American Locomotive Industry. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 215 p.). Locomotive industry--United States--Management--History--20th century. 

Rick Delbridge (1998). Life on the Line in Contemporary Manufacturing : The Workplace Experience o Lean Production and the "Japanese" Model. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 232 p.). Industrial Sociology.

Kathryn Marie Dudley (1994). The End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 224 p.). Chrysler Corporation, Plant Shutdowns, Automobile Workers. Plant shutdown in Kenosha, WI.

Tony Elger and Chris Smith (2005). Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 414 p.). Corporations, Japanese--Great Britain; Foreign subsidiaries--Great Britain; Manufacturing industries--Great Britain--Foreign ownership; Industrial relations--Great Britain; Industrial management--Japan; International business enterprises; Globalization.

ed. Richard Feldman and Michael Betzold (1990). End of the Line: Autoworkers and the American Dream. (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 297 p., [Orig. pub. in 1988]). Ford Motor Company, Automobile Industry Workers.

Eamonn Fingleton (1999). In Praise of Hard Industries: Why Manufacturing, not the Information Economy, Is the Key to Future Prosperity. (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 273 p.). Manufacturing industries--United States--Forecasting; Manufacturing industries--OECD countries--Forecasting; Industries--United States--Forecasting; Industries--OECD countries--Forecasting.

Richard Florida and Martin Kenney (1990). The Breakthrough Illusion: Corporate America's Failure To Move from Innovation to Mass Production. (New York, NY: Basic Books, 262 p.). Technological innovations--Economic aspects--United States; Mass production--United States; Technological innovations--Economic aspects--Japan; Mass production--Japan.

ed. with an introduction by James H. Gilmore and B. Joseph Pine II (2000). Markets of One: Creating Customer-Unique Value Through Mass Customization. (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 210 p.). Flexible manufacturing systems; Product management; Relationship marketing.

Jeanne Prial Gordus, Paul Jarley, Louis A. Ferman (1981). Plant Closings and Economic Dislocation. (Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 173 p.). Plant shutdowns; Unemployed; Labor mobility; Personnel management; Employees -- Relocation.

Thomas G. Gunn (1987). Manufacturing for Competitive Advantage: Becoming a World Class Manufacturer. (Cambridge, MA: Ballinger, 221 p.). Manufacturing industries--United States--Management; Manufacturing processes--United States; Competition, International.

Robert W. Hall (1987). Attaining Manufacturing Excellence: Just-in-Time, Total Quality, Total People Involvement. (Homewood, IL: Dow Jones-Irwin, 290 p.). Production control; Inventory control; Just-in-time systems.

--- (1993). The Soul of the Enterprise: Creating a Dynamic Vision for American Manufacturing. (New York, NY: HarperBusiness, 382 p.). Manufacturing industries--United States--Management; Manufacturing industries--United States--Quality control.

Ben Hamper (1991). Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line. (New York, NY: Warner Books, 234 p.). GM worker. Automobile Industry Workers, Blue Collar Workers, General Motors Corporation. A "boozy, funny, testosterone-saturated best-selling memoir" by an ex-GM worker in Michigan.

Theodore B. Hodges (1994). Erastus Hodges, 1781-1847: Connecticut Manufacturer, Merchant & Entrepreneur. (Kennebunk, ME: Phoenix Pub., 360 p.). Hodges, Erastus, 1781-1847; Businesspeople--Connecticut--Torrington--Biography; Industrialists--Connecticut--Torrington--Biography; Merchants--Connecticut--Torrington--Biography; Manufacturing industries--Connecticut--Torrington--History--19th century; Torrington (Conn.)--Commerce--History--19th century. Published for the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the Torrington Historical Society.

David A. Hounshell (1984). From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932: The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 411 p.). Mass production--United States--History. Series: Studies in industry and society ; 4.

Satoshi Kamata, translated by Tatsuru Akimoto witrh an introduction by Ronald Dore (1982). Japan in the Passing Lane: An Insider's Account of Life in a Japanese Auto Factory. (New York, NY: Pantheon, 211 p.). Kamata, Satoshi, 1938-; Toyota Jid¯osha K¯ogy¯o Kabushiki Kaisha; Automobile industry workers--Japan; Seasonal labor--Japan.

Theodore B. Kinni (1996). America's Best: IndustryWeek's Guide to World-Class Manufacturing Plants. (New York, NY: Wiley, 429 p.). Formerly Director of Books for IndustryWeek agazine. Manufactures--United States--Case studies.

Edward M. Knod, Richard J. Schonberger (2001). Operations Management: Meeting Customers' Demands. (Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 714 p. [7th ed.]). Production management.

Samuel Kydd (1966). The History of the Factory Movement. (New York, NY: A. M. Kelley, 2 vols. [orig. pub. 1857]). Factory system--Great Britain; Child labor--Great Britain.

David or Daniele Linhart (1981). The Assembly Line or L'appel de la Sirene, Ou, L'Accoutumance Au Travail. (Paris: Sycomore, 199 p.). Academic. Assembly Line Job Satisfaction Surveys, Employee Motivation, Absenteeism. French academician and radical takes job in a Citroen plant.

Karen Lucic (1991). Charles Sheeler and the Cult of the Machine. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 167 p.). Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965 -- Criticism and interpretation; Precisionism -- United States; Machinery in art.

Daniel Nelson (1995). Managers and Workers: Origins of the Twentieth-Century Factory System in the United States, 1880-1920. (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 250 p.). Factory system--United States--History; Personnel management--United States--History; Industrial sociology--United States--History.

Joseph Persky, Wim Wiewel (2000). When Corporations Leave Town: The Costs and Benefits of Metropolitan Job Sprawl. (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 189 p.). Industrial location--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--Decision making--Mathematical models; Land use, Urban--Environmental aspects--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--Costs--Mathematical models; Land use, Rural--Environmental aspects--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--Costs--Mathematical models; Deindustrialization--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--Costs--Mathematical models; Urbanization--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--Costs--Mathematical models; Plant shutdowns--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--Sociological aspects--Mathematical models; Local finance--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--Mathematical models.

Carolyn C. Perrucci ... [et al.] (1988). Plant Closings: International Context and Social Costs. (New York, NY: A. de Gruyter, 193 p.). Plant shutdowns -- United States; Plant shutdowns; Unemployment -- United States -- Psychological aspects; Unemployment -- Psychological aspects; Work and family -- United States; Work and family.

Lawrence A. Peskin (2003). Manufacturing Revolution: The Intellectual Origins of Early American Industry. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 294 p.). Manufacturing industries--United States--History; Industrialization--United States--History; Industrial relations--United States--History; Entrepreneurship--United States--History.

B. Joseph Pine II with a foreword by Stan Davis (1992). Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition. (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 333 p.). Technological innovations--Management; Manufactures--Technological innovations--Management; Service industries--Technological innovations--Management; New products--Management; Competition; Mass production.

Michael S. Sanders (1999). The Yard: Building a Destroyer at the Bath Iron Works. (New York, NY: HarperCollins. Bath Iron Works; Destroyers (Warships)--United States.

Richard J. Schonberger (1982). Japanese Manufacturing Techniques: Nine Hidden Lessons in Simplicity. (New York, NY: Free Press, 260 p.). Industrial management--Japan; Production management.

--- (1986). World Class Manufacturing The Lessons of Simplicity Applied. (New York, NY: Free Press, 252 p.). Industrial management; Production management; Manufacturing processes.

--- (1996). World Class Manufacturing: The Next Decade: Building Power, Strength, and Value. (New York, NY: Free Press, 275 p.). Industrial management; Production management; Manufacturing processes.

Philip Scranton (1997). Endless Novelty: Specialty Production and American Industrialization, 1865-1925. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 415 p.). Manufacturing industries--United States--History; Specialty stores--United States--History.

Wickham Skinner (1985). Manufacturing, The Formidable Competitive Weapon. (New York, NY: Wiley, 330 p.). Production management.

Jim Todd (1995). World-Class Manufacturing. (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 370 p.). Industrial management; Production management; Manufacturing processes; Competition, International.

ed. Steven Tolliday (1998). The Rise and Fall of Mass Production. (Northampton, MA: E. Elgar Pub. Production management; Assembly-line methods; Motor vehicle industry--Automation. 

Polly Toynbee (1971). A Working Life. (Baltimore, MD: Penguin, 153 p.). British Journalist. Manufacturing-Labor. British journalist takes job in a cake factory.

Mary Walton (1997). Car: A Drama of the American Workplace. (New York: NY: W.W. Norton, 360 p.). Journalist. Ford Taurus, Automobile Design and Construction. Story of development and manufacturing of 1996 Ford Taurus - in all of its complexities.

Edmund S. Whitman [and] W. James Schmidt (1966). Plant Relocation; A Case History of a Move. (New York, NY: American Management Association, 158 p.). General Foods Corporation. Jell-O Division; Industrial location -- Case studies. Jell-o's roots go back to 1897 - cough medicine-maker from Leroy, NYstarted mixing fruit-flavored gelatin. 1906 annual sales approached $1 million. 1957 - more than 250 million packages sold.

D. Hugh Whittaker (1990). Managing Innovation: A Study of British and Japanese Factories. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 205 p.). Research Associate, Centre for Business Research (University of Cambridge). Technological innovations--Great Britain--Management--Case studies; Technological innovations--Japan--Management--Case studies; Industrial management--Great Britain--Case studies; Industrial management--Japan--Case studies; Comparative management. Introduction of technology in the manufacturing sector.



How Everyday Things Are Made                                                                                                                                                                  

Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing at Stanford University and design 4x show how dozens of products are made:  airplanes, motorcycles, cars, jelly beans, chocolate, glass bottles, crayons, and golf clubs. Also information on various careers in manufacturing, a list of books on the field of manufacturing and a Think About It feature - visitors are asked to offer their comments on how they think a certain process works, along with reading the previous comments of other visitors.

The Human Factor                                                                                                                                                                                  

Inspired by "…the courage, industry and intelligence required of the American working man", two colleagues from the Harvard Business School (Donald Davenport and Frank Ayres) sent out a call to leading businesses in order to develop a visual collection that could be used in the classroom. During the 1930s, they received over 2,100 photographs that documented "the human factor" embodied in the interactions between worker and machine. Recently, the Baker Library at the Harvard Business School created this online exhibition to showcase a selection of these remarkable images. Visitors should begin by reading the introductory essay; they should then proceed to the exhibition, which is divided into nine sections. Each section begins with a short preface, and then continues on to a sampling of images, which include workers monitoring massive wheels of Swiss cheese in 1933 and a photograph of women assembling parts for Philco radios in 1926. Each photograph can be viewed in great detail, and it is worth noting that the site also contains an exemplary bibliography.

Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904                                                                            

The Westinghouse Works Collection contains 21 actuality films showing various views of Westinghouse companies. Most prominently featured are the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, and the Westinghouse Machine Company. The films were intended to showcase the company's operations. Exterior and interior shots of the factories are shown along with scenes of male and female workers performing their duties at the plants.


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