Title

Just-in-Time Workforce: Temporary Workers as a Structural Aspect of Lean Production

Department

School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Additional Department

Sociology and Criminal Justice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Embargo Period

12-7-2018

Abstract

Temporary employment is estimated to be around 20% of the US auto industry. Based on extensive fieldwork at the big three Japanese factories (Toyota, Honda and Nissan) and auto suppliers, this paper documents the impact of temporary workers on the shop floor and their role in the context of lean production. This article fills an important gap in the existing research as one of the few empirical studies that examine the effects of temp work in the auto industry. We conclude that the just-in-time workforce as a human buffer for sick or injured team members and an addition when production volume goes up is a core structural aspect of lean production. The lean, loyal and long-term principles of mature lean production to protect permanent workers are based on the disloyal and short-term use of temporary workers.

Journal

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management

Journal ISSN

1470-9511

Volume

18

Issue

2

First Page

160

Last Page

177

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1504/IJATM.2018.092189

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