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By Prof. Dr. Constanze Clarke MPhil, MBA (auth.)

The advent of the Mercedes-Benz construction approach (MPS) is exemplary of a pattern in the automobile undefined: the construction and advent of company-specific standardised creation structures. This publication contributes to the talk approximately creation platforms by means of interpreting the social and monetary implications of the position of standardisation in construction platforms. during this context it addresses 3 center concerns: First, the riding forces in the back of the altering types and services of standardisation and the position of associations therein. moment, the impression of standardisation at the evolution of automobile creation platforms. 3rd, in accordance with the author's personal empirical learn carried out over a 3 12 months interval on the Mercedes-Benz plant Stuttgart-Untertürkheim/Germany, the publication examines the impact of standardisation at the paintings of actors at the store flooring when it comes to organisational studying methods and the law of work.

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Instead, in the case of Toyota, the influence of Deming's lectures sparked initiatives to adopt and develop their own tools of quality control, according to Monden then "more traditional methods of quality control have been replaced by self-inspection of all units (…) this approach to quality control is called Jidoka or Autonomation" (Monden 1993:222). This shows that with regard to setting standards the local industry "selectively applied foreign examples to Japanese circumstances" (Baba and Yoshiki 1997:50).

In order to protect German products, the prerogative of issuing marks, once administered by craftsmen, became an institutionalised standard centrally regulated by the Patent Office of the Empire. As in the case of quality control, quality assurance was displaced from the individual to the realm of the legally enforced power. In general terms, the quality function shifted from the companyinternal sphere of responsibility to the company-external, quality official or institution. This was underscored by transferring the right to issue marks of quality from the level of the individual craftsman to the level of governmental institution (Patent offices).

This sparked a fierce competition between the two nations regarding the quality, price and delivery reliability of their goods. ). ). Moreover, the consequences of this law then allowed consumers to compare products, and like in the pre-industrial era, the choice of product according to superior quality was made according to the caveat emptor principle (Juran 1995:604). Subsequently, craftsmen reinstated former traditions such as the apprenticeship training system, certification marks and the professional title of "master craftsman" (Lerner 1995:240).

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