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The open Secret of Toyota’s Change

Why German carmakers fail to implement the Toyota Production System

Masterarbeit 2006 53 Seiten

BWL - Beschaffung, Produktion, Logistik

Zusammenfassung

Inhaltsangabe:Abstract:
This Master thesis explores the organisational change, as performed by Toyota after World War II which, within decades, made this company the most successful automobile producer in the world and a model of corporate governance.
Since the Toyota Production System (TPS) was born and continuously developed, it gave such a boost of productivity to the Japanese automobile industry that soon it was copied all over the world. The details of this system, which is to a huge amount based on practical experience and which requires a huge amount of preparatory work, are sufficiently known within the industry. Nevertheless, other Japanese companies and, in particular, international companies fail to catch up with Toyota. The question is, why?
Quite a number of car manufacturers already produce according to lean principles, as the TPS instruments are sometimes called, quite successfully, as it seems, and nevertheless they lag behind the performance of Toyota. A highly saturated North American and European automobile market requires thorough change, since companies, due to an increasing global competition, need to undergo some kind of change to survive in the market. Experts assume further consolidation among Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) until 2010.
Although everything seems to be known about TPS, there is obviously a remainder, because otherwise there would be more “Toyotas” than just one.
There must be something in TPS that has not been identified or has been left out so far by the majority of OEMs all over the world. (Judging from the current competition in the automotive industry, it is more likely that this ‘something’ has been unintentionally ignored). This is the case although the whole system, without any restrictions, is made accessible to competitors and anyone interested in TPS. Obviously, the knowledge of this mostly missing aspect or link in TPS is restricted, because in the current situation in the automotive industry no company can afford giving away any chances.
This master thesis aims at identifying and preparing the above mentioned, apparently hidden or unintentionally ignored, aspects of the Toyota Production System (TPS) which make Toyota more successful than other car makers.
Problem definition:
Although everything seems to be known about TPS, there is obviously a remainder, because otherwise there would be more “Toyotas” than just one. There must be something in TPS that has not been identified or has […]

Details

Seiten
53
Erscheinungsform
Originalausgabe
Jahr
2006
ISBN (eBook)
9783836605168
Dateigröße
617 KB
Sprache
Englisch
Katalognummer
v225358
Institution / Hochschule
FOM Essen, Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management gemeinnützige GmbH, Hochschulleitung Essen früher Fachhochschule – Institut für Ökonomie und Management, Studiengang Master of Business Administration
Note
1,3
Schlagworte
toyota produktionssystem deutsche automobilbranche german carmaking industry

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Titel: The open Secret of Toyota’s Change