Forcing the Factory of the Future: Cybernation and Societal Institutions

Forcing the Factory of the Future: Cybernation and Societal Institutions

ISBN: 9780521572064
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1997-06-28
Number of pages: 318
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DESCRIPTION

This study of the pursuit of the "automatic factory" focuses on the key industry of metalworking in Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States. It unveils a recurring historical conflict between two logics of factory management and organization: workshop principles and principles of a standardized factory. Case studies of "Flexible Manufacturing Systems" in these four countries and their sociopolitical contexts show national variations and tensions between factory and workshop principles continuing into the age of computerization.

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