Lean and reflective production: The dynamic nature of production models

Frits K. Pil*, Takahiro Fujimoto


研究成果: Article査読

63 被引用数 (Scopus)


Toyota and Volvo have traditionally been viewed as anchoring two extremes of production models that companies in the automotive and other manufacturing sectors draw upon. The "Toyota (Lean) Production System" drove superior organizational learning, innovation, and control with positive implications for customer-oriented outcomes. Volvo's "reflective production" model aimed to leverage and develop workers' unique abilities, leading to adaptability, motivation, satisfaction, and innovation at the individual and group levels, with positive benefits for employees. Through a longitudinal case study, we show that environmental pressures, in the form of increased international product market competition and labour market constraints, drove convergence across the two production systems as enacted at Volvo and Toyota, in organizational structure, work design, and to a lesser extent, technology. The result is an integration of the adaptability, motivation, and development of workers at the individual and group levels, with enhanced organizational capacity for responsiveness, variability reduction, and innovation at the organizational level. Understanding how production models evolve provides insight into their operation, their limitations, and the challenges that are associated with their study, imitation, implementation, and use.

ジャーナルInternational Journal of Production Research
出版ステータスPublished - 2007 8月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 戦略と経営
  • 経営科学およびオペレーションズ リサーチ
  • 産業および生産工学


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