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Lean and Mean China

Inside China's Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labour and Worker Resistance by Lu Zhang; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015; pp xv+243, $19.99.

Labour Abuse in Buyer- and Producer-Driven Supply Chains

The degradation of labour conditions in buyer-driven commodity chains, such as in the manufacture of toys or footwear, has, for long, been a well-established fact. That they are also becoming an embarrassing topic for employers in producer-driven commodity chains, such as in the global automobile industry, is more recent news. This note addresses the issue, and the question as to whether it is possible to create ethical supply chains. It does this through a critical commentary with a special focus on the Indian context.

Worker Voices in an Auto Production Chain

The realities of work, workers and working conditions - as found by those who rough it out in the field - are mostly opposite to the mysterious universal rhetoric about high-road human resource management practices corresponding to world class manufacturing methodologies used for gaining competitiveness in the global automobile industry, as propounded, mostly out of thin air, by some industrial elites and evangelical academics. Based on worker interviews, this two-part article ( Part I appeared last week) throws light on labour relations in an auto production chain of lead and subcontracting companies in Delhi National Capital Region. Part II over here explains why the dominant reality can be captured as industrial terrorism and low-road employment conditions by examining some important events of labour unrest that took place in Delhi NCR.

Worker Voices in an Auto Production Chain

The realities of work, workers and working conditions -as found by those who rough it out in the field - are mostly opposite to the mysterious universal rhetoric about high road world-class human resource management practices, corresponding to world-class manufacturing methodologies used for gaining competitiveness in the global automobile industry, as propounded, mostly out of thin air, by some industrial elites and evangelical academics. Based on worker interviews, this two-part article throws light on labour relations in an auto production chain of lead and subcontracting companies in the Delhi National Capital Region. It also points out why the dominant reality can be captured as industrial terrorism and low road employment conditions by examining some important events of labour unrest that took place, during and after our fieldwork, in Delhi NCR.

Electronic Reorganisation of Manufacturing-A New Techno-Economic Paradigm

A New Techno-Economic Paradigm Annavajhula J C B The study examines the predicted and actual impact of new flexible production technologies on industrial production organisation in industrial countries. By outlining the problematic context in which these technologies evolved as appropriate responses to certain challenges faced in production and distribution, it then highlights the point that these technologies have contributed to productive integration as also decentralisation at the domestic and international levels. Evidence gathered here does not fully endorse the relocationist or and-relocationst (trade reversal) views. In general, it seems we are in a non-monotonic flux of 'much can be said on both sides.' INTRODUCTION WE know that process technology is the technology that determines the way in which products are made. This review article is just an exploratory inquiry into new process/manufacturing technologies stricto sensu, in particular of microelectronics based or computerised production technologies. In what way do these new technologies impact on the 'make- buy' or production sub-contracting policies of firms? That is the complex question that especially concerns us here.

Subcontracting in Electronics-A Case Study of Keltron

This paper is an attempt to understand the logical basis for subcontracting in electronics with the help of a case study of Keltron TV. At the firm level, the 'make-buy' decision is a function of technology and conditions of profitability. The author makes an attempt to assess the calculus whether to vertically integrate or subcontract to small firms as also the inducements that have made small firms enter into contractual ties with Keltron. The subcontractors development has been found to be a function of the terms and conditions set, how they have been actually implemented or violated and their capabilities in overcoming their own labour, product, process and market specificities /inflexibilities. Although the subcontracting relationship appears to be based on mutual interests, it is largely unsymbiotic as far as the subcontractors are concerned. The relationship has been found to be ultimately beneficial to Keltron.
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