Reflective production: an alternative to mass-production and lean production?

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Freyssenet M., “Reflective production: an alternative to mass-production and lean production?”, Economic and Industrial Democracy, vol. 19, n°1, february 1998, pp 91-117. Digital publication, freyssenet.com , 2006, 216 Ko, ISSN 1776-0941.

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This article is a modified and augmented version of ✔ Freyssenet M., “La production réflexive, une alternative à la production de masse et à la production au plus juste?”, Sociologie du Travail, n°3/1995, pp 365-388. Édition numérique, freyssenet.com, 2007, 320 ko, ISSN 1776-0941.

Abstract

The newly-reopened Volvo Uddevalla plant is the only automobile factory in the world where reflective production system principles are put into practice. This article attempts to analyze the implementation of these principles in the plant. Reflective production reattributes both cognitive and cooperative dimensions of ordinary activity to industrial work. Applying it to automobile assembling has proven that it is not necessarily economic nor practical to 'deconstruct-reconstruct' work into elementary operations with the final stage of combining them sequentially. Insofar as lean production is concerned (best observed at Toyota in 1992), it continues to rely on traditional principles of additivity and fluidity. When compared to the Uddevallan experience, the lean production system remains one which seeks to limit loss of time inherent to additive assembly line production, without recognizing the very origin of this problem as being the production method itself.

Content

Introduction
1. Practical obstacles that would render moving assembly line work inevitable
2. Assembly time and other performances on the moving assembly line and at parallel work stations
2.1. Five structural problems in moving assembly lines
2.2 The thought process applied to assembly time can be used for other performance aspects
3. Possibilities of extending ‘reflective production’
4. Social conditions for the possibility of ‘reflective production’. Should industrial history be re-examined ?
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Key words

Automobile, Volvo, Uddevalla plant, productive models, relfective production, fordism, toyotism, lena production, mass production, employment relationships, productive organisation, industrial relations, work organisation, wage system, assembly line, parallel work station, industrial history.

Concerned disciplines

Economics, Management, History, History of Sciences and Technologies, Political Science, Sociology.

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Contribution
to personal questioning
to scientific reflexion of research laboratory or network
to national and international scientific debate
to diffusion of scientific results
to implementation of scientific results

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See also

✔ Freyssenet M. (dir.), “Volvo-Uddevalla, questions ouvertes par une usine fermée”, Actes du GERPISA, n°9, mars 1994, 203 p. Avant propos pp 7-10. ISSN :0981-5597. Éditions numériques, gerpisa.univ-evry.fr, 2001, 20 Ko; freyssenet.com, 2006, 80 Ko, ISSN 1776-0941.

✔ Charron E., Freyssenet M., “L’usine d’Uddevalla dans la trajectoire de Volvo”, Actes du GERPISA, n°9, mars 1994, pp 161-183. Éditions numériques, gerpisa.univ-evry.fr, 2001, 88 Ko; freyssenet.com , 2006, 1 Mo, ISSN 1776-0941.

✔ Charron E., Freyssenet M., “L’usine d’Uddevalla dans la trajectoire de Volvo, annexe photographique”, Actes du GERPISA, n°9, mars 1994, pp 161-183. Édition numérique, freyssenet.com , 2006, 10,4 Mo, ISSN 1776-0941.

Volvo Car Uddevalla Corporation. Plaquette diffusée par Volvo présentant son usine d'Uddevalla où le montage automobile se faisait en station fixe. Édition numérique, freyssenet.com , 2006, 10,4 Mo, ISSN 1776-0941.

✔ Freyssenet M., “Volvo-Uddevalla, analyseur du fordisme et du toyotisme”, Actes du GERPISA, n°9, mars 1994, pp 11-54. Édition numérique, gerpisa.univ-evry.fr, 2001, 88 Ko ; freyssenet.com , 2006, 250 Ko, ISSN 1776-0941.

✔ Freyssenet M., “La production réflexive, une alternative à la production de masse et à la production au plus juste?”, Sociologie du Travail, n°3/1995, pp 365-388. Édition numérique, freyssenet.com , 2006, 10,4 Mo, ISSN 1776-0941.

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2007.03.20

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