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Unformatted text preview: Kelsey Brozek 9/17/11 BB Article: Response to #3 The “Assembly Highway” at the Caterpillar Inc. Plant in Decatur, Illinois was the subject of analysis on three different levels. The first being the spatial reordering of manufacture at the plant and the contribution of diverse bodies of expertise within the corporation to this process, the majority of research in this paper will be found within this analysis. The second level concerns the linkages and relays formed between these ways of problematizing the conduct of manufacture at an individual plant, and more general debates of America’s competitiveness in world markets that has been termed elsewhere the “politics of the product.” The third level concerns the linkages between the spatial reordering of production processes at Caterpillar’s Decatur plant, some analysis will be done here as well. The main focus of this paper will be how spatial reordering played a major part in the implementation of the “Assembly Highway.” (Miller, & O'Leary, 1993) The Plant with a Future Program was established in 1984 and is referred to as PWAF, it was established because a response was deemed necessary after suffering losses totaling almost $1 billion dollars between 1982 and 1985. The point of the PWAF program was to cause a necessary “revolution in Caterpillar’s way of doing things” as Executive Vice President Guerindon termed it. They began restructuring their plants by addressing the spatial ordering of manufacture at every key plant and transforming it. (Miller, & O'Leary, 1993) Prior to the PWAF program, two diverse schemes referred to as competitor cost analysis and manufacturing resource planning, had been advanced as parts of a cost containment initiative. They were to be incorporated within the PWAF program but in modified form. The schemes were proposed to alter the field of accountability for every employee at every Caterpillar facility. The fields of accountability were an integral part of the spatial ordering and layout of manufacture at the plants. Both schemes were were an integral part of the spatial ordering and layout of manufacture at the plants....
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course ACCT 408 taught by Professor Chen,k during the Spring '08 term at UNL.
- Spring '08
- Managerial Accounting