Qualifications in the Automobile Industry: The Reaction of European Companies to the Japanese Lean Production System

Qualifications in the Automobile Industry: The Reaction of European Companies to the Japanese Lean Production System

By: Christine Zeuner (editor), Winfried Heidemann (editor), Angela Paul-Kohlhoff (editor)Paperback

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The success of the Japanese automobile industry has been attributed to the concept of lean production, whereby competitive advantage is secured through combining industrial volume with skilled finishing. Against this background, European manufacturers have been combining resources to safeguard a key industry in the future economic development of Europe. This text brings together specialists from industry (both labour and management) and from the academic world to offer solutions to these challenges by way of practical improvement to vocational qualification schemes. It presents a united educational policy framework for all European motor manufacturers.


Part 1 The Japanese challenge to the European automobile industry: lean production - demands on the European automobile industry, Christine Zeuner; challenge for the European automobile industry, Horst Neumann; does the Japanese challenge also extend to the field of training, Rudolf Beger. Part 2 The educational policy framework: education and vocational training in Japan, Walter Georg; aspects of further training and education in Europe, Walter Georg, Angela Paul-Kohlhoff, Burkart Sellin and Christine Zeuner. Part 3 The situation in the European automobile industry: the European automobile industry - some figures and development trends, Jurgen Howaldt and Angela Paul-Kohlhoff; case study - Fiat, Italy, Franco Uberto; case study - Renault, France, R. Tijou; case study - Volvo, Sweden, Jurgen Howaldt; case study - Seat, Spain, Wilfried Kruse and Angela Paul-Kohlhoff; case-study - VW, Hannover, Angela Paul-Kohlhoff; case study - Mercedes-Benz, Sindelfingen, Willi Lux. Part 4 Further training and education in the European Automobile Industry from the point of view of the employees: findings of a survey of employee representative bodies in European automobile companies, Angela Paul-Kohlhoff and Christine Zeuner; requirements and qualifications in the automobile industry, Harald W. Bongard.

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  • ISBN13: 9781850437451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 134
  • ID: 9781850437451
  • ISBN10: 1850437459

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