By Prof. Dr. Constanze Clarke MPhil, MBA (auth.)
The creation of the Mercedes-Benz construction process (MPS) is exemplary of a development in the car undefined: the production and creation of company-specific standardised construction structures. This ebook contributes to the controversy approximately creation structures via interpreting the social and monetary implications of the position of standardisation in construction structures. during this context it addresses 3 middle matters: First, the using forces in the back of the altering types and services of standardisation and the function of associations therein. moment, the effect of standardisation at the evolution of car construction structures. 3rd, in accordance with the author's personal empirical examine performed over a 3 12 months interval on the Mercedes-Benz plant Stuttgart-Untertürkheim/Germany, the ebook examines the effect of standardisation at the paintings of actors at the store flooring by way of organisational studying procedures and the legislation of work.
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With the rise of quality standards, this responsibility shifted from companies to external standard setting organisations, such as the ISO and the DIN. As the standard setting function became located outside companies, the problem of how to control that standards are correctly applied arose. This led to the rise of certification and audit systems, and represents yet another stage in the changing form and function of standards. Also, as the case of the Mercedes-Benz production system will show, the concept of a standardised audit has been adopted for the control of the implementation of the Mercedes-Benz production system.
Two key aspects of standardisation within the TPS are selected: standardised operations and the kanban system. Underlying the standardisation process at Toyota, is the system of continuous improvement of standards, organisational learning takes place as workers learn from each other and exchange their shop floor know-how. The analysis of the TPS will be closed by examining the transfer of the TPS outside its national Japanese environment. In the fifth part, the role and function of standards in the Volvo production system at Uddevalla will be analysed.
This chapter covers three main aspects: the evolution of the MPS and its institutionalisation, its structure, content and relation to other already existing standardised systems. The first part presents the production organisation of Daimler Benz and Chrysler before their merger in 1998. In the second part, an analysis of the institutionalisation of the MPS is given by looking first at the organisational structures supporting the implementation of the MPS. In a second step the role the MPS audit plays within the implementation process will be examined.
Automotive Production Systems and Standardisation: From Ford to the Case of Mercedes-Benz by Prof. Dr. Constanze Clarke MPhil, MBA (auth.)