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We Ain't Going Away - The Battle for Longbridge (Paperback): Carl Chinn, Stephen Dyson We Ain't Going Away - The Battle for Longbridge (Paperback)
Carl Chinn, Stephen Dyson; Foreword by John Towers
R360 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R65 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cari Chinn reviews the chequered history of the giant Longbridge works with the help of journalist Stephen Dyson who covered the story of BMW's disposal of Rover.

Global Strategies and Local Realities - The Auto Industry in Emerging Markets (Hardcover): John Humphrey Global Strategies and Local Realities - The Auto Industry in Emerging Markets (Hardcover)
John Humphrey
R3,143 Discovery Miles 31 430 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book provides up-to-date information on globalisation trends and the transformations taking place in emerging markets. It discusses key themes of relevance to the auto industry, including the environmental impact of the car, adaptation of designs for the needs of emerging markets and the emergence of global mega-suppliers. These issues are placed in the context of more general debates about globalisation and current crises in emerging markets such as Brazil and East Asia.

Environmental Assessment of Lightweight Electric Vehicles (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Patricia Egede Environmental Assessment of Lightweight Electric Vehicles (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Patricia Egede
R2,828 R2,363 Discovery Miles 23 630 Save R465 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This monograph adresses the challenge of the environmental assessment of leightweight electric vehicles. It poses the question whether the use of lightweight materials in electric vehicles can reduce the vehicles' environmental impact and compares the environmental performance of a lightweight electric vehicle (LEV) to other types of vehicles. The topical approach focuses on methods from life cycle assessment (LCA), and the book concludes with a comprehensive concept on the environmental assessment of LEVs. The target audience primarily comprises LCA practitioners from research institutes and industry, but it may also be beneficial for graduate students specializing in the field of environmental assessment.

The Automotive Industry and the Global Environment (Paperback): Dennis Schuetzle, William Glaze The Automotive Industry and the Global Environment (Paperback)
Dennis Schuetzle, William Glaze
R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book presents an analysis on the potential effects of globalization on the automotive industry and the environment. Energy challenges, market economy growth, and population dynamics are considered. The authors also present future scenarios for transportation technologies to meet the ever growing global demand for transportation of goods and services while minimizing energy and environmental impacts and maximizing cost, value and widespread acceptance.

Car - A Drama of the American Workplace (Paperback, New ed): Mary Walton Car - A Drama of the American Workplace (Paperback, New ed)
Mary Walton
R469 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R75 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A Drama of the American Workplace
With a New Afterword

An enlightening peek at the inner workings of a large corporation trying to reinvent itself. . . . It's rare to find an auto book that explains the process of creating a car with so much color and detail."—Business Week (a Best Business Book of 1997)

Faced with the task of redesigning the Taurus, America's best-selling car and the flagship of its fleet, Ford Motor Company assembled 700 designers, engineers, planners, and bean-counters under a tough manager who set out to retake engineering and manufacturing ground lost to the Japanese. On their shoulders rested the reputation and the profits of Ford, not to mention an investment of close to 3 billion dollars.

This biting, insightful account by a seasoned journalist follows the 1996 Taurus from its conception as a clay model in Detroit to its birth in an Atlanta assembly plant to its public debut in a New Jersey dealership. Mary Walton, who was given unprecedented access to the Taurus team, chronicles brilliantly the clashes between designers and engineers, marketers and accountants, product guys and manufacturing guys to create a revealing portrait of the tension, the passions, and the pride that fuel the race to #1.

"An engrossing drama . . . with fascinating insights into every aspect of the car's creation. . . . Walton does an admirable job of making the redesign of a car into a compelling human-interest story."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An engrossing, satisfying read."—Doron Levin, Philadelphia Inquirer (a Best Book of 1997)

"Vivid and informative. . . . Consistently entertaining because it is engagingly written, this is the rare business book that is a page turner."—Keith Bradsher, New York Times Book Review

Teamwork in the Automobile Industry - Radical Change or Passing Fashion? (Hardcover): Paul Stewart, Jean-Pierre Durand, Juan... Teamwork in the Automobile Industry - Radical Change or Passing Fashion? (Hardcover)
Paul Stewart, Jean-Pierre Durand, Juan Jose Castillo; Juan Jose Castillod
R3,354 Discovery Miles 33 540 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As one of the first sectors affected by the current phase of crisis in capital accumulation, the automobile industry has had much to learn and now has much to teach. A recognition of the great diversity of forms of adaptation introduced to face the uncertainties of the market, lead to the formation of GERPISA and its international programme of research on the emergence of new industrial models. This book, a product of that research, is a valuable and timely insight into the innovations and adjustments of some of the major vehicular manufacturers and through them into the future of industry as a whole.

After Lean Production - Evolving Employment Practices in the World Auto Industry (Hardcover): Thomas A. Kochan, Russell D.... After Lean Production - Evolving Employment Practices in the World Auto Industry (Hardcover)
Thomas A. Kochan, Russell D. Lansbury, John Paul MacDuffie
R1,034 Discovery Miles 10 340 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Nearly every country that produces cars views the automobile industry as strategically important because of its direct economic significance and because it serves as a bell-weather for innovation in employment conditions. In this book, industrial relations experts from eleven countries consider the state of the industry worldwide. They are particularly interested in assessing whether the loudly heralded model of lean production initiated by Toyota has become pervasive.

The contributors focus on employment practices: the way work is organized, how workers and managers interact, the way worker representatives respond to lean production strategies, and the nature of the adaptation and innovation process itself. Global competition and changing technological possibilities are pressuring other industries to transform their employment practices and the auto industry may be an important harbinger of what is to come.

Just Another Car Factory? - Lean Production and Its Discontents (Hardcover): James Rinehart Just Another Car Factory? - Lean Production and Its Discontents (Hardcover)
James Rinehart
R1,028 Discovery Miles 10 280 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This study of CAMI Automotive, a unionized joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki, is the most comprehensive ever undertaken of a lean production plant. James Rinehart, Christopher Huxley, and David Robertson address a topic that has inspired fierce debate in industrial relations, sociology, labor studies, and human resource management. Heralded as a model of lean production when it opened in 1989, CAMI promised workers something different from traditional plants a humane environment, empowerment, and cooperative labor-management relations. However, the enthusiasm workers felt during the orientation and early phases of production steadily declined, as did their involvement in participatory activities. Workers came to describe CAMI as "just another car factory." Union challenges and shopfloor resistance to key elements of the lean system grew, capped by a five-week strike in 1992. The authors attribute workers' disillusionment to lean production itself rather than to North American managers' inadequate implementation."

Social Reconstructions of the World Automobile Industry - Competition, Power and Industrial Flexibility (Paperback): Frederic... Social Reconstructions of the World Automobile Industry - Competition, Power and Industrial Flexibility (Paperback)
Frederic C. Deyo
R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Competition, Power and Industrial Flexibility assesses the varying ways in which automobile assemblers in several countries of East and Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas have sought to enhance their efficiency and flexibility in response to heightened global competition during the 1980s and early 1990s. It then explores the implications of such managerial strategies for workers and trade unions, and the responses of unions in seeking to preserve or enhance worker welfare and voice under industrial restructuring.

Team Toyota - Transplanting the Toyota Culture to the Camry Plant in Kentucky (Paperback, New): Terry L Besser Team Toyota - Transplanting the Toyota Culture to the Camry Plant in Kentucky (Paperback, New)
Terry L Besser
R696 Discovery Miles 6 960 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In Team Toyota Besser presents the results of an in-depth study of Toyota's assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. This book is one of the few books about Japanese organizations that incorporates the perspectives of both nonmanagement and management employees.

The Ford Pinto Case - A Study in Applied Ethics, Business, and Technology (Paperback, New): Douglas Birsch, John Fielder The Ford Pinto Case - A Study in Applied Ethics, Business, and Technology (Paperback, New)
Douglas Birsch, John Fielder
R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book bring together the basic documents needed for reaching an informed judgment on the central ethical question in the Pinto case: did Ford Motor Company act ethically in designing the Pinto fuel system and in deciding not to upgrade the integrity of that system until 1978? The five parts of this book cover the case, cost-benefit analysis, whistle blowing, product liability, and government regulations.

The New European Automobile Industry (Hardcover): Peter Wells, Michael Rawlinson The New European Automobile Industry (Hardcover)
Peter Wells, Michael Rawlinson
R3,675 Discovery Miles 36 750 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This study is about the struggle for survival among the assembler and components firms which constitute the European automobile industry. The book describes and explains the competitive, structural, organizational and technological changes being made and outlines the spatial and economic effects of these changes. The empirical core of the book is a study of the number of technology fields in automobile components. These sections draw on up-to-date research carried out by the authors in Europe, through which they evaluate the extent to which lean production techniques have permeated the assemblers and components industry.

Honda's Global Local Corporation (Hardcover): Andrew Mair Honda's Global Local Corporation (Hardcover)
Andrew Mair
R3,325 Discovery Miles 33 250 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Japanese carmaker Honda has pioneered a new breed of multinational enterprise - true manufacturing at the global scale. Honda has been a leader in confounding predictions that Japan's carmakers would and could never transfer their success abroad, and that a wholesale 'Japanization' of the west would be provoked if they did. The book covers manufacture, research and development, sourcing of components, human resources and labour relations, collaboration with western firms, political controversy, and the role of concepts and ideas, in Japan, North America, and Europe.

The Five Dollar Day - Labor Management and Social Control in the Ford Motor Company, 1908-1921 (Paperback): Stephen Meyer III The Five Dollar Day - Labor Management and Social Control in the Ford Motor Company, 1908-1921 (Paperback)
Stephen Meyer III
R746 Discovery Miles 7 460 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Zero Carbon Car - Green Technology and the Automotive Industry (Hardcover): Brian Long The Zero Carbon Car - Green Technology and the Automotive Industry (Hardcover)
Brian Long 1
R601 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R114 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"The Zero Carbon Car" examines the hundreds of ways in which car manufacturers are trying to reduce our carbon footprint, and the adaptation of the automotive industry to changing technology in a world where environmental issues are becoming ever more prevalent. The book's in-depth research into green car technology shows that manufacturers make concerted efforts, but sometimes also defeat the gains of their innovation.
Topics covered include:
What is meant by the terms "global warming"and "green," and how these can be defined
An account of the long history of green automotive technology
Alternative fuels, including diesel and hydrogen
Developments in environmentally friendly engine technology
Electric cars
Environmental issues in material usage and car body manufacture.

Clusters in Automotive and Information and Communication Technology - Innovation, Multinationalization and Networking Dynamics... Clusters in Automotive and Information and Communication Technology - Innovation, Multinationalization and Networking Dynamics (Hardcover, 2012)
Paul J.J. Welfens
R2,896 R2,387 Discovery Miles 23 870 Save R509 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Information & communication technology (ICT) and the automotive sector are two of the most important industries in the EU and the US. The EU's eastern expansion and economic globalization have reinforced competition on the one hand; on the other hand the importance of outsourcing and off-shoring has increased. Against this background the intensification of innovation dynamics becomes crucial - and with them the role of regional innovation clusters. The analysis examines seven regions and six EU countries. The focus is on cluster and network dynamics in both industries, as regional ICT clusters are playing an increasingly central role in many European regions. Specialization and structural change in the automotive sector are highlighted, and new strategic approaches for multinational companies and changes in policy options are identified.

The Economics of Cars (Paperback): Fabio Cassia, Matteo Ferrazzi The Economics of Cars (Paperback)
Fabio Cassia, Matteo Ferrazzi
R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The automotive sector represents more than a simple industry. It embodies the economic and technological power of nations, the lifestyle and consumption patterns of societies, the dynamics of urban and territorial development, and acts as a national barometer of economic success and failure. This book explains how the car industry works and analyses the challenges both for the sector and for the economies that rely on the industry for jobs, growth and innovation. It explores an industry that has been under severe pressure in industrialized countries for many years - factories have closed, jobs have gone and brands and manufacturers have disappeared - yet world production has never been higher, reaching new peaks annually. The authors investigate how western and Japanese manufacturers still dominate the market, despite the challenge posed by Korean, Chinese and Indian competitors. They examine how changing environmental policies and consumer preferences are moving the industry towards electric vehicles; how usage patterns are evolving, favouring car-sharing; and how advances in electronics and digitalization are set to further reshape the sector with autonomous and self-driving vehicles. The book offers readers a short, non-technical guide to the workings of a fast-moving industry that remains of huge importance to both national and global economies.

Lieferantenmanagement in China (German, Hardcover): Marc Helmold Lieferantenmanagement in China (German, Hardcover)
Marc Helmold
R1,664 R1,429 Discovery Miles 14 290 Save R235 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Michelin Men - Driving an Empire (Hardcover): Herbert R. Lottman The Michelin Men - Driving an Empire (Hardcover)
Herbert R. Lottman
R728 Discovery Miles 7 280 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The remarkable story of how two brothers--Edouard and Andre Michelin--turned the sleepy family rubber firm in the heart of rural France into one of the most innovative and successful tire makers in the world. Edouard, a landscape painter, displayed an engineering genius for tire making and product innovation, while Andre, trained as an engineer, displayed an artistic genius for advertising and marketing. Together they kick-started the world's automobile industry and gave us one of the most famous and best loved company logos--the "Michelin Man." In their relentless search for new ways to publicize and market their products, they created a tourist industry around the motor car and their now-legendary Michelin Guides.

Merging Traffic - The Consolidation of the International Automobile Industry (Paperback, New): John A.C. Conybeare Merging Traffic - The Consolidation of the International Automobile Industry (Paperback, New)
John A.C. Conybeare
R715 R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Save R39 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

During the latter part of the 20th century, the global auto industry has concentrated into a small number of groups led by General Motors, Ford, Daimler-Chrysler, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault. The trend is of great political and economic significance because of the large size of the industry, its importance to the economic health of many countries and its geographic spread around the globe. Many reasons are commonly cited when trying to explain this rapid corporate consolidation: cost savings, new products and market, price controls and labour negotiations chief among them. Frequently, however, mergers do not achieve their stated goals. Merging Traffic explores all these factors and goes on to suggest that, as with the mystique of the automobile itself, other motivations prevail.

Car Crashes Without Cars - Lessons About Simulation Technology and Organizational Change From Automotive Design (Hardcover):... Car Crashes Without Cars - Lessons About Simulation Technology and Organizational Change From Automotive Design (Hardcover)
Paul M. Leonardi
R212 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R33 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A novel theory of organizational and technological change, illustrated by an account of the development and implementation of a computer-based simulation technology. Every workday we wrestle with cumbersome and unintuitive technologies. Our response is usually "That's just the way it is." Even technology designers and workplace managers believe that certain technological changes are inevitable and that they will bring specific, unavoidable organizational changes. In this book, Paul Leonardi offers a new conceptual framework for understanding why technologies and organizations change as they do and why people think those changes had to occur as they did. He argues that technologies and the organizations in which they are developed and used are not separate entities; rather, they are made up of the same building blocks: social agency and material agency. Over time, social agency and material agency become imbricated-gradually interlocked-in ways that produce some changes we call "technological" and others we call "organizational." Drawing on a detailed field study of engineers at a U.S. auto company, Leonardi shows that as the engineers developed and used a a new computer-based simulation technology for automotive design, they chose to change how their work was organized, which then brought new changes to the technology.Each imbrication of the social and the material obscured the actors' previous choices, making the resulting technological and organizational structures appear as if they were inevitable. Leonardi suggests that treating organizing as a process of sociomaterial imbrication allows us to recognize and act on the flexibility of information technologies and to create more effective work organizations.

Battery Manufacturing & Electric & Hybrid Vehicles (Hardcover): Malcolm R. Perdontis Battery Manufacturing & Electric & Hybrid Vehicles (Hardcover)
Malcolm R. Perdontis
R2,013 R1,532 Discovery Miles 15 320 Save R481 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The United States is one of several countries encouraging production and sales of fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to reduce oil consumption, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided federal financial support to develop a domestic lithium-ion battery supply chain for electric vehicles. President Obama has called for 1 million fully electric vehicles to be on U.S. roads by 2015. In making a national commitment to building electric vehicles and most of their components in the United States, the federal government has invested $2.4 billion in electric battery production facilities and nearly $80 million a year for electric battery research and development. This book examines the nascent battery manufacturing industry and considers efforts to strengthen U.S. capacity to manufacture batteries and battery components for hybrid and electric vehicles.

GM - Paint It Red (Paperback): Nicholas Kachman GM - Paint It Red (Paperback)
Nicholas Kachman; As told to Ethel Burwell Dowling
R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Disruption in Detroit - Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom (Hardcover): Daniel J. Clark Disruption in Detroit - Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom (Hardcover)
Daniel J. Clark
R1,817 R1,483 Discovery Miles 14 830 Save R334 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It is a bedrock American belief: the 1950s were a golden age of prosperity for autoworkers. Flush with high wages and enjoying the benefits of generous union contracts, these workers became the backbone of a thriving blue-collar middle class. It is also a myth. Daniel J. Clark began by interviewing dozens of former autoworkers in the Detroit area and found a different story--one of economic insecurity caused by frequent layoffs, unrealized contract provisions, and indispensable second jobs. Disruption in Detroit is a vivid portrait of workers and an industry that experienced anything but stable prosperity. As Clark reveals, the myths--whether of rising incomes or hard-nosed union bargaining success--came later. In the 1950s, ordinary autoworkers, union leaders, and auto company executives recognized that although jobs in their industry paid high wages, they were far from steady and often impossible to find.

Notizbuch - F r Mechaniker Journal Mechanic Notebook 6x9 Lined (German, Paperback): Peta Carrone Notizbuch - F r Mechaniker Journal Mechanic Notebook 6x9 Lined (German, Paperback)
Peta Carrone
R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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