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Post-Mass Production Enterprise Reading List


Since the mid 1970s it has been evident that mass production economies have faced a crisis. The reasons for the demise of mass production are complex. Some of the literate quoted in the reading list provides insights. Some macro-economist, politicians and large enterprises have been aware of the changes and have responded in various ways. Since 1979 (beginning with Thatcher and Regan) we have seen in the West, the disassembly of the mass production economies which were established following World War Two (deregulation, open markets, downsizing traditional industries, etc.). Companies have shifted strategies, pulled out of markets, pursued variety as a means of differentiating themselves from their competitors, and so on.

The collapse of mass production economies and associated mass production firms has been evident for over 20 years, although it was only in the early 1990s that a wider state of awareness was achieved. Since about 1980, many reports and books have been published dealing with issues surrounding the development of post-mass production enterprise. The list of books and reports provided below is only a sample, but will give some background to the current interest in the catch all definition of agility and help to put it into context. What you will discover is that agility is only the latest in a series of names that have been given to the post-mass production era. Other names that you will encounter are: niche production; flexible specialisation; post-Fordism; human-centred manufacturing; anthropocentric production systems; neo-Fordism; lean production; mass customisation; and several more.


1980 - Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave (New York: William Morrow)

1984 - Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox, The Goal (Aldershot: Gower Publishing)

1984 - Michael J. Piore & Charles F. Sabel, The Second Industrial Divide: Possibilities for Prosperity (New York: Basic Books)

1985 - Alvin Toffler, The Adaptive Corporation (Aldershot: Gower Publishing)

1986 - P.T. Bolwijn, J. Boorsma, Q.H. van Breukelen, S. Brinkman & T. Kumpe, Flexible Manufacturing: Integrating Technological and Social Innovation (Amsterdam: Elsevier)

1987 - Stephen S. Cohen & John Zysman, Manufacturing Matters: The Myth of the Post-Industrial Economy (New York: Basic Books)

1987 - Stan Davis, Future Perfect (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley)

1987 - H. Thomas Johnson and Robert S Kaplan, Relevance Lost: The Rise and Fall of Management Accounting (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press)

1988 - Robert H. Hayes, Steven C. Wheelwright & Kim Clark, Dynamic Manufacturing: Creating the Learning Organization (New York: The Free Press)

1988 - Shoshana Zuboff, In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power (New York: Basic Books)

1989 - Michael L. Dertouzos, Richard K. Lester, Robert M. Solow and the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity, Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press)

1989 - Howard Rosenbrock (ed.), Designing Human-Centred Technology: a Cross Disciplinary Project in Computer-aided Manufacturing (London: Springer-Verlag)

1990 - Howard Rosenbrock, Machines with a Purpose (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

1990 - Peter Brodner, The Shape of Future Technology: The Anthropocentric Alternative (London: Springer-Verlag)

1990 - James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos, The Machine that Changed the World (New York: Rawson Associates)

1990 - Masuaki Iwata, Akio Makashima, Akihiko Otani, Jin'ichiro Nakane, Seiji Kurosu & Teruo Takahashi, Manufacturing 21 Report: The Future of Japanese Manufacturing (Wheeling IL: Association of Manufacturing Excellence)

1991 - Stan Davis & Bill Davidson, 2020 Vision (New York: Simon Schuster)

1991 - Kim B. Clark & Takahiro Futimoto, Product Development Performance: Strategy, Organization and Management in the World Auto Industry (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press)

1991 - Roger Nagel & Rick Dove, 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy, Vols 1 & 2 (Bethlehem, PA: Iacocca Institute)

1991 - Peter B.B. Turney, Comment Cents: The ABC Performance Breakthrough (Hillsboro OR: Cost Technology)

1992 - Paul T. Kidd, Organization, People and Technology in European Manufacturing (Luxembourg: Commission of the European Communities)

1992 - Joseph A. Heim & W. Dale Compton (eds), Manufacturing Systems: Foundations of World-Class Practice (Washington: National Academy Press)

1992 - William H. Davidow & Michael S. Malone, The Virtual Corporation: Structuring and Revitalizing the Corporation for the 21st Century (New York: Harper-Collins)

1992 - Donald Gerwin and Harvey Kolodny, Management of Advanced Manufacturing Technology: Strategy, Organization and Innovation (New York: John Wiley)

1993 - Michael Hammer and James Champy, Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution (New York: Harper Collins)

1993 - B. Joseph Pine II, Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press)

1993 - Robert Hall, The Soul of the Enterprise: Creating a Dynamic Vision for American Manufacturing (New York: Harper-Collins)

1993 - Henry J. Johansson, Patrick McHugh, A. John Pendlebury and William A. Wheeler, Business Process Reengineering: breakpoint Strategies for Market Dominance (Chichester: John Wiley)

1994 - Yasuhiro Monden, Toyota Production System: An Integrated Approach to Just-in-Time, 2nd Edition (London: Chapman & Hall)

1994 - Paul T. Kidd, Agile Manufacturing: Forging New Frontiers (Wokingham: Addison-Wesley)

1994 - Paul T. Kidd & Waldemar Karwowski, Advances in Agile Manufacturing: Integrating Technologies, Organization and People (Amsterdam: IOS Press)

1994 - Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad, Competing for the Future (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press)

1994 - Andrew Mair, Honda's Global Local Corporation (New York: St Martin's Press)

1995 - Patrick McHugh, Giorgio Merli and William A. Wheeler, Beyond Business Process Engineering: Towards the Holonic Enterprise (Chichester: John Wiley)

1996 - Charles M. Savage, Fifth Generation Management: Co-creating Through Virtual Enterprising, Dynamic Teaming and Knowledge Networking (Boston: Butterworth Heinemann)

1996 - Charles Handy, Beyond Certainty (London: Arrow Business Books)

1996 - James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones, Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in your Corporation (New York: Simon & Schuster)

1997 - Paul T. Kidd, Revolutionising New Product Development: A Blueprint for Success in the Global Automotive Industry (London: Financial Times Management Reports)

1997 - Paul T. Kidd, Rapid Prototyping for Competitive Advantage: Technologies, Applications and Implementation for Market Success (Macclesfield: Cheshire Henbury)

1997 - Jean-Yves Roger, Brian Stanford-Smith & Paul T. Kidd , Advances in Information Technologies: The Business Challenge (Amsterdam: IOS Press)

1998 - Jean-Yves Roger, Brian Stanford-Smith & Paul T. Kidd , Technologies for the Information Society: Developments and Opportunities (Amsterdam: IOS Press)

1998 - Paul Timmers, Brian Stanford-Smith & Paul T. Kidd, Electronic Commerce: Opening up New Opportunites for Business (Macclesfield: Cheshire Henbury)

1999 - Jean-Yves Roger, Brian Stanford-Smith & Paul T. Kidd , Business and Work in the Information Society: New Technologies and Applications (Amsterdam: IOS Press)

1999 - Stephan H. Haeckel, Adaptive Enterprise: Creating and Leading Sense-and-Respond Organization (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press)

1999 - H.T. Goranson, The Agile Virtual Enterprise: Cases, Metrics, Tools ( Westport: Quorum Books)







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