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The Book of the Standard Motor Company (Hardcover): Graham Robson The Book of the Standard Motor Company (Hardcover)
Graham Robson
R1,004 R814 Discovery Miles 8 140 Save R190 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For many years, Standard was one of Britain's largest car-makers. The largest motor industry employer in Coventry, Standard rescued Triumph from oblivion, produced more than 500,000 tractors on behalf of Ferguson, and was one of the biggest contributors to Britain's efforts during WWII. This book is the first to definitively tell the story of the Standard marque - a story that's not merely technical, but financial, too, and covers the personalities and the products in equal measure. Starting with the original Standard prototype of 1903, this book covers the scores of Standard models built until the brand was discontinued in 1963 (Britain) and 1987 (India). It also covers the Ferguson tractor involvement, millitary aero-engine manufacture, military aircraft manufacturer (including Beaufighter and Mosquito fighter-bombers), Rolls-Royce Avon turbo-jet military engine manufacture, and Triumph cars.

Automotive Industrialisation - Industrial Policy and Development in Southeast Asia (Hardcover): Kaoru Natsuda, John Thoburn Automotive Industrialisation - Industrial Policy and Development in Southeast Asia (Hardcover)
Kaoru Natsuda, John Thoburn
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book looks at the industrial policies of Southeast Asian economies in their motor vehicle industries from early import substitution to policy-making under the more liberalised WTO policy regime. The book examines how inward automotive investment, especially from Japan, has been affected by policies, and how such investment has promoted industrial development in the late-industrialising economies within ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). It provides insights into the automotive industry of Southeast Asia in terms of production volumes, sales volumes, market structure, and trade. Through country case studies, the book is a useful reference and illustrates how industrial policies in Southeast Asia have affected the spread of automotive development in the region. It will appeal to policy-makers and researchers interested in the automobile industry, industrial policies in the industry and the spread of development from foreign investors to local firms.

Are We There Yet? - The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless (Hardcover): Dan Albert Are We There Yet? - The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless (Hardcover)
Dan Albert
R668 R532 Discovery Miles 5 320 Save R136 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Robot-controlled cars have already logged millions of miles. These technological marvels promise cleaner air, smoother traffic, and tens of thousands of lives saved. But even if robots turn into responsible drivers, are we ready to be a nation of passengers? In Are We There Yet?, Dan Albert combines historical scholarship with personal narrative to explore how car culture has suffused America's DNA. The plain, old-fashioned, human-driven car built our economy, won our wars, and shaped our democratic creed as it moved us about. Driver's ed made teenagers into citizens; auto repair made boys into men. Crusades against the automobile are nothing new. Its arrival sparked battles over street space, pitting the masses against the millionaires who terrorized pedestrians. When the masses got cars of their own, they learned to love driving too. During World War II, Washington nationalized Detroit and postwar Americans embraced car and country as if they were one. Then came 1960s environmentalism and the energy crises of the 1970s. Many predicted, even welcomed, the death of the automobile. But many more rose to its defense. They embraced trucker culture and took to Citizen Band radios, demanding enough gas to keep their big boats afloat. Since the 1980s, the car culture has triumphed and we now drive more miles than ever before. Have we reached the end of the road this time? Fewer young people are learning to drive. Ride hailing is replacing car buying, and with electrification a long and noble tradition of amateur car repair-to say nothing of the visceral sound of gasoline exploding inside a big V8-will come to an end. When a robot takes over the driver's seat, what's to become of us? Are We There Yet? carries us from muddy tracks to superhighways, from horseless buggies to driverless electric vehicles. Like any good road trip, it's an adventure so fun you don't even notice how much you've learned along the way.

At The Crossroads - Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry (Hardcover): Abe Aamidor, Ted Evanoff At The Crossroads - Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry (Hardcover)
Abe Aamidor, Ted Evanoff
R636 R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Save R144 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The U.S. auto industry has struck a brick wall. Can it get back on the road to recovery? At the Crossroads: Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry argues that the Obama administration missed an historic opportunity in 2009 to launch a Manhattan Project-style effort to save not only Detroit, but the entire manufacturing base in Middle America. Abe Aamidor and Ted Evanoff explain how Washingtons intervention fell short and how it is holding back American economic recovery. The authors take a thoughtful look at the root causes behind the auto industrys crash, including disastrous labor contracts such as the 1950s 3Treaty of Detroit, which set the stage for crushing legacy costs; Wall Streets predatory financial practices ushered in under the Reagan administration; and a largely unregulated free trade regime that undermined the competitiveness of American manufacturing. At the Crossroads tells the story of Detroits collapse and a failed national industrial policy from the point of view of those most affected by it ? the factory workers, small business owners, and mayors of small manufacturing towns like Kokomo, Marion, and Bedford in Indiana, the number two auto manufacturing state after Michigan and the number one manufacturing state overall based on a percentage of population. Washington could debate the pros and cons of a national industrial policy and an auto industry bailout ad nauseum, but it was the people in small towns in Middle America who would live or die by the policy decisions of their distant national leaders.

Project Management for Automotive Engineers - A Field Guide (Hardcover): Jon M. Quigley, Roopa Jha Shenoy Project Management for Automotive Engineers - A Field Guide (Hardcover)
Jon M. Quigley, Roopa Jha Shenoy
R2,461 R2,059 Discovery Miles 20 590 Save R402 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Project Management for Automotive Engineers: A Field Guide was developed to help automotive engineers be better project managers as automotive projects involve suppliers dispersed across the globe, and can often span multiple years. Project scope change is common, and so too are the budget constraints and tight deadlines. This book is an excellent guide on how to manage continuous change. As project management in this particular industry is intrinsically linked to product development, the chapters focus on the project management aspects that are significant during the various stages of a product development cycle, including business case evaluation, process development cycle, test phases, production ramp up at the plant and at the Tier 1 supplier level, and how to work within a matrix-structured organization. The principles of value projects and how to revive failing projects are discussed. Together with demonstrating metrics, and the techniques to ensure the project remains on schedule and on budget, it is a must-have for professionals getting started on this activity.

Urban Shrinkage, Industrial Renewal and Automotive Plants (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Andreas Luescher, Sujata Shetty Urban Shrinkage, Industrial Renewal and Automotive Plants (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Andreas Luescher, Sujata Shetty
R1,481 R1,204 Discovery Miles 12 040 Save R277 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book focuses on the relationship between the auto industry and the built environment at multiple scales, a topic of particular interest now as the industry is going through a period of major transformation. Drawing from multiple perspectives, including architecture, urban design and urban planning, the authors examine the changing form of the auto factory itself, the changing geography of auto production, and the challenges faced by communities as the auto plants that once brought them prosperity, and often a sense of identity, leave town. They examine four places that are dealing in different ways, and with varying success, with the aftermath of a decommissioned auto plant in their midst. These are Janesville, Wisconsin, and Willow Run, Michigan, in the U.S., and Bochum, Germany, and Genk, Belgium, in Europe. Together these four cases provide some clues about what the future might look like for places that were once intimately connected with the manufacture of cars.

Achieving Supply Chain Agility - Information System Integration in the Chinese Automotive Industry (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019):... Achieving Supply Chain Agility - Information System Integration in the Chinese Automotive Industry (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Yi Wu
R2,678 R2,241 Discovery Miles 22 410 Save R437 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book identifies factors of information system (IS) integration that influence supply chain agility and illustrates how IS integration can achieve greater supply chain agility. Also considering the consequent operational impacts that arise from IS-enabled supply chain agility, the author presents real-life examples through interviews and surveys to explore how IS integrations affect supply chain agility in the context of the Chinese automotive industry. The ability to swiftly respond to competitive challenges is a key element in industry 4.0 and organisations with agile supply chains are better prepared to respond to uncertainties and changes. This book develops and presents guidelines on the deployment of information system integration in order to achieve efficient agile supply chains.

ICTIS 2013 - Improving Multimodal Transportation Systems-Information, Safety, and Integration (CD-ROM): Xinping Yan, Ping Yi,... ICTIS 2013 - Improving Multimodal Transportation Systems-Information, Safety, and Integration (CD-ROM)
Xinping Yan, Ping Yi, Dunyao Zhu, Liping Fu
R5,626 R4,803 Discovery Miles 48 030 Save R823 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety (ICTIS), held in Wuhan, China, June 29-July 2, 2013. Sponsored and organized by Wuhan University of Technology; Transportation & Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers; China Communications and Transportation Association; and Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. This collection contains more than 330 reviewed papers examining critical issues and opportunities in transportation information and safety that influence the sustained development of China's transportation system. The systematic and multimodal application of information technologies and innovations to transportation safety management plays a crucial role in creating cost-effective, environmentally sound, and socially equitable transportation networks. Topics include: intelligent vehicles and vehicle safety technology, transportation safety and human factor engineering, traffic monitoring technology, traffic and transportation information processing, Internet of Things and transportation safety, navigation digitization and maritime informatization, shipping and ocean engineering safety, rail and air safety. Practitioners, researchers, students, and policymakers around the world will find this collection to be a great source of information on current practices in China.

The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations (Hardcover, Ed): Jeffrey Liker, Karyn Ross The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations (Hardcover, Ed)
Jeffrey Liker, Karyn Ross
R875 R683 Discovery Miles 6 830 Save R192 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The world's bestselling Lean expert shows service-based organizations how to go Lean, gain value, and get results-The Toyota Way. A must-read for service professionals of every level, this groundbreaking guide by Jeffrey Liker takes the proven Lean principles of his bestselling Toyota Way series and applies them directly to the industries where quality of service is crucial for success. Liker's famous 4P model makes it easy for you to implement Lean practices throughout your organization-whether you're an executive, manager, or frontline worker who deals with customers every day. These ground-tested techniques are designed to help you make continuous improvements in your services, streamline your operations, and add ever-increasing value to your customers. The book features fascinating case studies of Lean-driven success in a range of service industries, including healthcare, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, and more. Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, and President of Liker Lean Advisors, LLC. He is the author of The Toyota Way and other related books. Karyn Ross is a lean consultant and executive coach with a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines - The Life and Times of a Bicycle Tycoon Turned Automotive Pioneer... Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines - The Life and Times of a Bicycle Tycoon Turned Automotive Pioneer (Paperback)
Stephen B. Goddard
R926 R804 Discovery Miles 8 040 Save R122 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A little over a century ago in Hartford, Connecticut, Colonel Albert A. Pope was hailed as a leading automaker in the United States. That his name is not a household word today is the very essence of his story. Students of American business history will know of Pope, but this work also includes Pope's account of his Civil War service at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Vicksburg and explores in detail his entrepreneurial ventures.Pope's company was the world's largest manufacturer of bicycles (under the Columbia label) in the late 1800s. His production methods pointed the way for the building of automobiles through lightweight metals, rubber tires, precision machining, interchangeability of parts, and vertical integration. The founder of the Good Roads Movement, Pope entered automobile manufacturing while steam, electricity, and gasoline power were still vying for supremacy. The story of his failed dream of dominating U.S. automobile production is an engrossing view into America's industrial history.

The Road to Zero Emissions - The Future of Trucks, Transport and Automotive Industry Supply Chains (Paperback): Dennis Evans,... The Road to Zero Emissions - The Future of Trucks, Transport and Automotive Industry Supply Chains (Paperback)
Dennis Evans, D.E.S. Evans, Alistair Williamson
R1,359 Discovery Miles 13 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The transport industry has an important role to play in addressing climate change and the environmental challenges facing governments, businesses and individuals. Achieving net zero emissions by 2050 will require this sector, which is a large contributor of emissions, to innovate, adapt and drive positive change. New technologies including batteries and alternative fuels will all be significant, as will developing different approaches and outlooks. The Road to Zero Emissions is the comprehensive guide for those in the transport industry to understanding what can and is being done to tackle climate change. Through examining established companies and new entrants in the automotive space, readers are provided with examples of the importance of infrastructure, business innovation and financing for the future. In addition to this, the role of governments in establishing policies, such as zero-emission zones, is also discussed. Progressing towards zero emissions requires immediate change and this book will start you on the journey.

Auto Brand - Building Successful Car Brands for the Future (Paperback): Anders Parment Auto Brand - Building Successful Car Brands for the Future (Paperback)
Anders Parment
R758 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R336 (44%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The car - once everybody's dream and a key status symbol in most countries and cultures - has been extensively questioned in the last decades and in the last few years particularly. Urbanisation, traffic congestion, pollution problems, heavy reliance on scarce oil supplies, safety issues and ever-growing competition, have all provided significant business challenges for the automotive industry. Many car manufacturers have had to fundamentally rethink their design, brand and marketing strategies to thrive in a savvy, consumer-led culture, and markets that are becoming increasingly restrictive in size and opportunity. Auto Brand provides a roadmap to branding and marketing success in the automotive industry from a leading industry expert, featuring case studies from major car brands including Audi, BMW, Holden, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche, Saab, Seat, Skoda, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, and Volvo. It includes findings from 100 interviews conducted with CEOs, marketing managers, sales managers and sales people, from manufacturer level to small rural dealers, as well as industry experts, policy makers, free-stranding repair shops and professional organizations. Auto Brand is essential reading for marketing managers, sales managers, CEOs, development managers and dealers in all types of companies in the car industry including: manufacturers, national sales companies/importers, dealers, finance companies, insurance companies, free-standing repair shop channels and more. It is the first book to specifically address how to deal with the challenges facing the automotive industry and illustrates how companies can take advantage of new technologies, adapt to emerging trends in consumer behaviour, improve profitability and build even more successful brands in the future.

Time for a Model Change - Re-engineering the Global Automotive Industry (Hardcover, New): Graeme P. Maxton, John Wormald Time for a Model Change - Re-engineering the Global Automotive Industry (Hardcover, New)
Graeme P. Maxton, John Wormald
R1,217 Discovery Miles 12 170 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The automotive industry ranks among the most significant business phenomena of the 20th century and remains vitally important today, accounting for almost 11% of the GDP of North America, Europe and Japan and one in nine jobs. Although its products have had a fundamental impact on modern society in economic and social terms, the industry has found it hard to adjust to contemporary conditions and is thus no longer esteemed in capital markets. Riven with internal contradictions that inhibit reform, it now faces a stark choice between years of strife or radical change. Highlighting the challenges and opportunities that exist for managers, legislators, financial institutions and potential industry entrants, this book is a wake-up call for those who work in the automotive industry. Most of all, it gives us all cause to reflect on the value of mobility, today and tomorrow. Graeme Maxton is director of AutoPolis, a firm that specializes in the structures and dynamics of the world automotive industry and helps clients position themselves for profitable growth. He is responsible for its activities in Asia and since 1992, has been closely affiliated with the Economist Newspaper Group and chairs all of The Economist's automotive industry conferences throughout the world. He writes for Business China, Business Asia, and various other Group publications, as well as for numerous newspapers throughout Europe and Asia. He is also a television, radio, and press commentator on the industry. Maxton and Wormald were co-authors of Driving Over a Cliff? Business Lessons from the World's Car Industry (Addison Wesley, 1994), which was nominated for the Financial Times Best Book about Business Award. JohnWormald is a director and co-founder of Autopolis. He has worked in and for the automotive industry for over 25 years. He advises vehicle manufacturers, component suppliers, distribution and service companies, and financial and government institutions, with a particular emphasis on the downstream distribution and service sectors of the industry. He regularly lectures about the industry, speaks at industry conferences, writes for automotive and general publications, and is quoted and interviewed in the media. He is a co-author of Driving Over a Cliff?

Oversight on Passenger Vehicle Roof Strength (Hardcover): Thomas P. Brooks Oversight on Passenger Vehicle Roof Strength (Hardcover)
Thomas P. Brooks
R5,060 Discovery Miles 50 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Roof crush describes a vehicles roof as it is deformed during a rollover crash. According to some analysts, a collapsing roof can compromise all a vehicles safety features, including its seatbelts and side-curtain airbags. Partial or complete ejection of the occupants can result. This book is focused on automobile safety, specifically on the NHTSA rulemaking on vehicle roof strength standards to protect automobile passengers in the event of rollover accidents. Biomechanics and what occurs in a rollover, the relationship between the vehicle roof strength and the occupant injury risk, the history and efficacy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations roof strength standards in improving vehicle safety are all examined and discussed at length.

Toyota Under Fire: Lessons for Turning Crisis into Opportunity (Hardcover, Ed): Jeffrey Liker, Timothy Ogden Toyota Under Fire: Lessons for Turning Crisis into Opportunity (Hardcover, Ed)
Jeffrey Liker, Timothy Ogden
R808 R628 Discovery Miles 6 280 Save R180 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The definitive inside account of Toyota's greatest crisis--and lessons you can apply to your own company

""Those who write off Toyota in the current climate of second guessing and speculation are making a profound mistake and need to read this book to get the facts. Toyota is a company that will channel the current challenges to push themselves to even more relentless continuous improvement.""
--Charles Baker, former Chief Engineer and Vice President for R&D, Honda of America

""Toyota Under Fire" is a superb book and should prove very helpful to American industry's understanding of the problems faced and how any company can prevent similar occurrences in the future.""
--Norman Bodek, author, founder of Productivity Press, and inductee in 2010 Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame

""As a former automotive supplier executive and student of Toyota, I was concerned to see the many negative reports and investigations into the quality and safety of its vehicles. Toyota Under Fire tells the story of how this great company is growing wiser and stronger by living its culture and values.""
--Michael Fisher, CEO, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

""Just as Toyota has put itself through excruciating soul-searching in order to understand what went wrong, so should we all take advantage of the opportunity for learning presented to us by Toyota's misfortune. In these pages, you will find that the actual circumstances were far more complex, nuanced, and uncertain than you saw reported in the news.""
--John Y. Shook, Chairman and CEO, Lean Enterprise Institute

""The most comprehensive and detailed review to date of the circumstances that led to the crisis, and the events and contexts that caused it to escalate.""
--Strategy & Business

About the Book

For decades, Toyota has been setting standards that are the envy--and goal--of organizations worldwide. Its legendary management principles and business philosophy, first documented by Jeffrey K. Liker in his influential book "The Toyota Way," changed the business world's approach to operational excellence.

Granted unprecedented access to Toyota's facilities worldwide, Liker, along with Timothy N. Ogden, investigated the inside story of how Toyota faced the challenges of the recession and the recall crisis of 2009-2010. In both cases, the company was caught off guard--and found that a root cause of the challenges it faced was its failure to live up to its own principles. But the fundamentals were still there, and the company has ultimately come out of the most challenging years of its postwar existence even stronger than before.

"Toyota Under Fire" chronicles all the events of the recession and the recall crisis in detail, providing valuable lessons any business leader can use to survive and thrive in a crisis, no matter how large: Crisis response must start by building a strong culture long before the crisis hits. Culture matters far more than decisions made by top executives. Investing in people, even in the depths of a recession, is the surest path to long-term profitability.

Because it had founded its culture on such principles, Toyota didn't need to amass an army of public relations, marketing, and legal experts to "put out the fire"; instead, it redoubled efforts to live up to its founding tenet, going "back to basics." Toyota began solving this crisis more than 70 years ago, when its organizational culture was first established.

Apply the lessons of "Toyota Under Fire" to your company, and you'll meet any future management challenge calmly, responsibly, and effectively--the Toyota Way.

American Vanguard - The United Auto Workers During the Reuther Years, 1935-1970 (Paperback, New edition): John Barnard American Vanguard - The United Auto Workers During the Reuther Years, 1935-1970 (Paperback, New edition)
John Barnard
R964 R869 Discovery Miles 8 690 Save R95 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The struggles and victories of the UAW form an important episode in the story of American democracy and economics. ""American Vanguard"" is the first and only history of the union available for both general and academic audiences. In this thorough and engaging narrative, John Barnard not only records the controversial issues tackled by the UAW, but also lends them immediacy through details about the workers and their environments, the leaders and the challenges that they faced outside and inside the organization, and the vision that guided many of these activists. Throughout, Barnard traces the UAW's two-fold goal: to create an industrial democracy in the workplace and to pursue a social-democratic agenda in the interest of the public at large. Barnard presents balanced interpretations grounded in evidence, while setting the UAW within the context of the history of the U.S. auto industry and national politics.

Environmental Assessment of Lightweight Electric Vehicles (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Patricia Egede Environmental Assessment of Lightweight Electric Vehicles (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Patricia Egede
R3,424 R2,828 Discovery Miles 28 280 Save R596 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Car Crazy - The Battle for Supremacy between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age (Hardcover): G. Wayne Miller Car Crazy - The Battle for Supremacy between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age (Hardcover)
G. Wayne Miller
R545 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R84 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Before the Big Three," even before the Model T, the race for dominance in the American car market was fierce, fast, and sometimes farcical. Car Crazy takes readers back to the passionate and reckless years of the early automobile era, from 1893, when the first US-built auto was introduced, through 1908, when General Motors was founded and Ford's Model T went on the market. The motorcar was new, paved roads few, and devotees of this exciting and unregulated technology battled with citizens who considered the car a dangerous scourge, wrought by the wealthy, that was shattering a more peaceful way of life.Among the pioneering competitors were Ransom E. Olds, founder of Olds Motor Works and creator of a new company called REO Olds' cutthroat new CEO Frederic L. Smith William C. Billy" Durant of Buick Motor Company (and soon General Motors) and inventor Henry Ford. They shared a passion for innovation, both mechanical and entrepreneurial, but their maniacal pursuit of market share would also involve legal manipulation, vicious smear campaigns, and zany publicity stunts,including a wild transcontinental car race that transfixed the public. Their war on wheels ultimately culminated in a courtroom battle that would shape the American car industry forever.Based on extensive original research, Car Crazy is a page-turning story of popular culture, business, and sport at the dawn of the twentieth century, filled with compelling, larger-than-life characters, each an American original.

Fundamentals of Integrated Vehicle Realization (Hardcover): Mohamed El-Sayed Fundamentals of Integrated Vehicle Realization (Hardcover)
Mohamed El-Sayed
R3,470 R2,980 Discovery Miles 29 800 Save R490 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fundamentals of Integrated Vehicle Realization is a unique and solid contribution to the subject of product development, centered on the automotive industry. Automotive manufacturers and suppliers are under pressure to transform themselves and deliver a higher level of product refinement coupled with more functionality. This could lead to the sprouting of organizational structures not in alignment with the required product development phases. Consequently, many product development initiatives may be cancelled or dropped at later stages despite all the efforts and financial investments. Therefore, it is vital that organizational unity be always intact during any transformation. A highly effective organization should always act as one cohesive entity dedicated to serving the customer with creative aptitude, integrative skills, analytical thinking, and synergistic management. Written by Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed, Professor and Director of Vehicle Durability and Integration Laboratory of Kettering University (Mechanical Engineering Department), Fundamentals of Integrated Vehicle Realization addresses an essential need for deep knowledge in the realm of vehicle development process, from idealization to market launch. The book covers realization process phases, process and vehicle characteristics and attributes, front-end innovation, virtual and physical realization, among other topics.

Henry Ford - A Hearthside Perspective (Hardcover): Donn P. Werling Henry Ford - A Hearthside Perspective (Hardcover)
Donn P. Werling
R935 R840 Discovery Miles 8 400 Save R95 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Recently named 'Businessman of the Century' by Fortune magazine, Henry Ford is well known for his automotive accomplishments. His achievements extend far beyond this, including induction into five national halls of fame and donation of nearly one-third of his life's fortune to philanthropic efforts. Henry Ford: A Hearthside Perspective presents a unique view of the life of Henry Ford, looking at his homesites, historic landmarks, and charitable contributions as well as his relationships with family and friends. Through history, pictures, songs, and interpretive biography based on 16 years of research, author Donn P. Werling, director of the Ford Estate, offers the reader powerful insight into the life and thoughts of this remarkable man. Through captivating anecdotes, this book offers a behind-the-scenes perspective of Henry Ford and his business, political, and personal activities such as: Many nationwide historical restorations and developments including: Dearborn, MI, Richmond Hill, GA, and Sudbury, MA (location of the Wayside Inn of Longfellow fame) The building and support of many churches and schools in the south, including Berry College and the Tuskegee Institute The beginning of the Ford Foundation which donates millions to philanthropic organizations and started with the development of the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, the largest indoor/outdoor museum Revival of country folk music and dance including his instrumental indirect role in establishing the Grand Old Opry The protection of wildlife and the environment, and the Migratory Bird Bill of 1913 and Treaty of 1918 Henry Ford: A Hearthside Perspective colorfully illustrates the message that, despite his mistakes and shortcomings, Henry Ford was one of the most important figures of the 20th century -- with his contributions to the advancement of technology, his contributions to society through restoration, and his grand generosity that affected and influenced the lives of many.

China and the Geopolitics of Rare Earths (Hardcover): Sophia Kalantzakos China and the Geopolitics of Rare Earths (Hardcover)
Sophia Kalantzakos
R750 R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Save R85 (11%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

Rare earths are elements that are found in the Earth's crust, and are vital ingredients for the production of a wide variety of high tech, defense, and green technologies - everything from iPhones and medical technologies, to wind turbines, efficiency lighting, smart bombs, and submarines. While they are not particularly "rare" in availability, they are difficult and expensive to mine. Yet, China has managed to gain control over an estimated 97 percent of the rare earth industry since the 1990s through cheap production, high export taxes, and artificial limitations of supply. Rare earths, and China's monopoly over them, became international news after China "unofficially" halted exports to Japan, the United States, and Europe in 2010. This embargo followed a collision between Chinese and Japanese boats in the East China Sea, a locus of geopolitical and economic tension between the two countries. Although the World Trade Organization forced China to scrap its restrictions, it still holds a stranglehold over these elements that are so critical to the economic and security interests of the United States and its allies. Sophia Kalantzakos argues that the 2010 rare earth crisis signaled more than just a trade dispute. Rather, it raises questions about China's use of economic statecraft, and must be regarded as a part of the larger discourse of global power relations. Importantly, this book also argues that the failure of political actors in the United States and Europe to pass policy to address future supply, or the scientific and business communities to devise sustainable rare earth production outside of China, points to future resource competition. Focusing on China's monopoly over the rare earth industry, this book examines the impacts of growing worldwide resource competition and the complexities policymakers face as they develop strategies and responses in an increasingly globalized world.

Toyota's Global Marketing Strategy - Innovation through Breakthrough Thinking and Kaizen (Hardcover): Shozo Hibino,... Toyota's Global Marketing Strategy - Innovation through Breakthrough Thinking and Kaizen (Hardcover)
Shozo Hibino, Koichiro Noguchi, Gerhard Plenert
R927 Discovery Miles 9 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There are many books on the market that discuss the Toyota Production System but few that insightfully analyze its marketing strategy. Authored by former Toyota marketing executives, this is the first book of its kind to detail how Toyota's thinking habits go beyond the shop floor and influence and guide Toyota's marketing function. Toyota has expanded from a venture enterprise to one of the biggest global enterprises because of its innovative mindset (Toyota thinking habits) using Breakthrough Thinking, which supports a new philosophical approach to problem solving, turning 180 degrees away from conventional thinking. Written by Toyota's former executive managing director and founder of Breakthrough Thinking, Toyota's Global Marketing Strategy: Innovation through Breakthrough Thinking and Kaizen: Explores Toyota's "Breakthrough Thinking" Examines how Toyota conducts information gathering. Illustrates how Toyota builds and maintains its unique business culture Shows how Toyota "goes to the customer" and comprehensively studies how customers use their products Reveals Toyota's cars have become some of the biggest selling models in the USA The authors of this book explore Toyota thinking habits as well as Toyota's global marketing strategy, which, since the 1980sa, has been expanding exponentially. The reader will understand the importance of thinking habits in the workplace and will know how to apply them using Toyota as the prime case study.

Electric Vehicle Business Models - Global Perspectives (Hardcover, 2015 ed.): David Beeton, Gereon Meyer Electric Vehicle Business Models - Global Perspectives (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
David Beeton, Gereon Meyer
R3,355 R2,935 Discovery Miles 29 350 Save R420 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This contributed volume collects insights from industry professionals, policy makers and researchers on new and profitable business models in the field of electric vehicles (EV) for the mass market. This book includes approaches that address the optimization of total cost of ownership. Moreover, it presents alternative models of ownership, financing and leasing. The editors present state-of-the-art insights from international experts, including real-world case studies. The volume has been edited in the framework of the International Energy Agency's Implementing Agreement for Cooperation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (IA-HEV). The target audience primarily comprises practitioners and decision makers but the book may also be beneficial for research experts and graduate students.

The Motor Industry (Paperback): George Maxcy, Aubrey Silberston The Motor Industry (Paperback)
George Maxcy, Aubrey Silberston
R808 Discovery Miles 8 080 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Originally published in 1959, this book was one of the first to give a comprehensive view of the motor industry from an economic standpoint. Although the book concentrates on the UK motor industry, many references are made to that of the USA and other leading automobile manufacturers. Among the subjects discussed are the structure of the British motor industry, the demand for vehicles, the structure of costs, economies of large-scale production, the nature of competition and profits and sources of funds.

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
R3,506 R2,856 Discovery Miles 28 560 Save R650 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

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