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case study 11 - workers are being flexible and...

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1. The benefit of U.S firms gain from use of specialized job design is reducing the labor usage, and the way the work itself is designed. Every worker learns every job on the assembly line, in keeping with the plant’s philosophy of “anyone, anywhere, anything, anytime.” The potential disadvantage is that they may miss the critical issue which is remaking the organization structure, starting with job design and coordination techniques. The cooperation of U.S. labor unions is the key to success of the Japanese-style factories. 2. I will expect a traditional U.S. firm to have a relatively tall organization structure. U.S.
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Unformatted text preview: workers are being flexible and demonstrating that they prefer more autonomy and variety in their tasks. For traditional Japanese firm, also have a relatively tall organization structure is better. 3. I think its more effective. NUMMI relies on building strong personal relationships across workers. Supervisors have friendly interactions with employees and spend time socializing with them outside. These close relationships facilitate sharing information up, down, and across the management hierarchy....
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