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Inter-Firm Lean Production in Mexico: Coordinated Industrial Relations in General Motors’ Silao Supply Chain

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This paper explores the industrial relations regime created by General Motors and their suppliers, and its contribution to the system of lean production practiced in the automakers newest greenfield site in Silao, Mexico. In particular, it examines the strategies by which the firms link human resource policies to their production processes to achieve low turnover, facilitating the identification of the firms as pursuing either low or high turnover strategies. In so doing, GM’s wire harness supplier is exposed as pursuing human resource policies that appear counterproductive to its own efficiency, but are logical within the context of the industrial relations needs of the supply chain as a whole, lending credence to the claim that the plants are practicing a form of inter-firm lean production reaggragating the parts of the production process that General Motors previously shed in its drive toward leaner production. The paper is based on plant tours and interviews at each of the plants during a six month period in 2002.

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Rothstein, Jeffrey. "Inter-Firm Lean Production in Mexico: Coordinated Industrial Relations in General Motors’ Silao Supply Chain" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Aug 16, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p107521_index.html>

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Rothstein, J. S. , 2003-08-16 "Inter-Firm Lean Production in Mexico: Coordinated Industrial Relations in General Motors’ Silao Supply Chain" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p107521_index.html

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Abstract: This paper explores the industrial relations regime created by General Motors and their suppliers, and its contribution to the system of lean production practiced in the automakers newest greenfield site in Silao, Mexico. In particular, it examines the strategies by which the firms link human resource policies to their production processes to achieve low turnover, facilitating the identification of the firms as pursuing either low or high turnover strategies. In so doing, GM’s wire harness supplier is exposed as pursuing human resource policies that appear counterproductive to its own efficiency, but are logical within the context of the industrial relations needs of the supply chain as a whole, lending credence to the claim that the plants are practicing a form of inter-firm lean production reaggragating the parts of the production process that General Motors previously shed in its drive toward leaner production. The paper is based on plant tours and interviews at each of the plants during a six month period in 2002.

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Inter-Firm Lean Production in a Greenfield Site: Coordinated Industrial Relations in General Motors’ Silao Mexico Supply Chain Jeffrey S. Rothstein University of Wisconsin-Madison Draft: Please do not quote or cite. All comments welcome at: jrothste@ssc.wisc.edu In 1994 General Motors opened a new manufacturing facility in Silao Mexico a small city with a population of 135 000 roughly 200 miles northwest of Mexico City in the state of Guanajuato. Employing over 3400 assembly and maintenance workers on two shifts the
yes 2 years Axle axles 2000 640 24 910 18-20 2.90% high school 3 months + stamped Aventec parts 2000 400 25.5 840 0 24% 9th grade 2 weeks no Oxford cut steel for Automotriz stamping 1998 70 29 840 0 2.50% 9th grade 2 weeks yes 5 years Arela wire (Condumex) harnesses 1996 1400 20 455 >95 72% 6th grade 2 weeks no Autolog logistics (Condumex) (JIT) 1996 480 20 420 20 140% 6th grade <1 week no


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