- The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Human Resource Management: Scope, Analysis, and Significance
- The Development of HRM in Historical and International Perspective
- The Goals of HRM
- Economics and HRM
- Strategic Management and HRM
- Organization Theory and HRM
- HRM and the Worker: Towards a New Psychological Contract?
- HRM and the Worker: Labor Process Perspectives
- HRM and Societal Embeddedness
- Work Organization
- Employment Subsystems and the ‘HR Architecture’
- Employee Voice Systems
- EEO and the Management of Diversity
- Recruitment Strategy
- Selection Decision-Making
- Training, Development, and Competence
- Remuneration: Pay Effects at Work
- Performance Management
- HRM Systems and the Problem of Internal Fit
- HRM and Contemporary Manufacturing
- Service Strategies: Marketing, Operations, and Human Resource Practices
- HRM and Knowledge Workers
- HRM and the New Public Management
- Multinational Companies and Global Human Resource Strategy
- Transnational Firms and Cultural Diversity
- HRM and Business Performance
- Modeling HRM and Performance Linkages
- Family-Friendly, Equal-Opportunity, and High-Involvement Management in Britain
- Social Legitimacy of the HRM Profession: A US Perspective
Abstract and Keywords
This article outlines the key elements of organization and HRM associated with contemporary high-volume production, in particular the key arguments and characteristics of lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing and the associated high-performance work system model has been influential in the development of management practices throughout manufacturing sectors and beyond. However, they are primarily premised on labor efficiencies and incremental improvement. The article reviews the evidence on the implementation and outcomes of lean adoption. The second main section reviews alternatives to ‘lean’. The requirement for innovation and higher value added noted above has meant that a greater emphasis on creating and managing knowledge than that associated with lean manufacturing has become central. One insightful, and increasingly influential, way of conceiving of this challenge has been developed from the concept of ‘communities of practice’, i.e. groups of largely autonomous and self-organizing experts.
Rick Delbridge is Professor of Organizational Analysis at Cardiff Business School and Senior Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research. His research areas include work organization, workplace and inter-organizational relations, and the management of innovation, and he is the author of Life on the Line in Contemporary Manufacturing (Oxford University Press).
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