The paper examines the impact of lean production on indicators of the quality of life at work in the automotive industry and finds that it varies across companies and to a lesser extent between countries. The paper explains this by arguing that lean production seeks to impose new employment standards. This is a contested process where management's capacity to shift to new standards and labour's ability to protect its interests vary across workplaces.
- working life
- automobile industry
- human resource management
- comparitive study
Lewchuck, W., Stewart, P., & Yates, C. (2001). Quality of working life in the automobile industry: a Canada-UK comparitive study. New Technology, Work and Employment, 16(2), 72-87. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-005X.00078