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Le mythe de la variété originelle: L'internationalisation dans la trajectoire du modèle productif japonais

Marie-Claude Bélis-Bergouignan and Yannick Lung
Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales
49e Année, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1994), pp. 541-567
Published by: EHESS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27584684
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

Challenging the exclusively internal approaches to the new production system, the present paper attempts to assess the impact of internationalisation on the development of the Toyota production system. In a first part, the article demonstrates the prominent role of exports in the formation and expansion of the Japanese auto-industry, thus underlining the importance of economies of scale as opposed to the prevailing emphasis on economies of scope. In the second part of the article, the author shows that the internationalisation of production imposed on Japanese constructors by their commercial partners does not preserve the horizontal pattern and the flexible quality attributed to the Toyota production system.

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