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  • proper n. The continent that is the northern part of the Americas; that part east of the Pacific Ocean, west of the Atlantic Ocean, north of South America and south of the Arctic Ocean.

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  • n. the nations of the North American continent collectively
  • n. a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama


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  • Even more striking, Ford, the originator of mass production seventy-five years ago, is now practically as lean in its North American assembly plants as the average Japanese transplant in North America.5 The best U.S.-owned plants in North America are now nearly as productive as the average Japanese plant—and are very nearly equal in quality.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • By contrast, Japanese plants for engines, brakes, alternators, and other components, though publicly announced for North America and Europe, were still in the planning stage.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • While the quotas were useful in sending a signal to the Japanese that foreign manufacturing would be necessary in the long term at a time when currencies were sending just the opposite message in the short term, they generated massive profits for the Japanese companies to use in financing their direct-investment campaigns in North America and Europe.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Despite the large and growing number of scholarly publications dealing with the Bass diffusion model, most of these investigations have been carried out in North America and Europe, rather than in the developing nations of Latin America, Africa, and Asia, where the coefficients in the model for media communication might be quite different Talukdar, Sudhir, and Ainslie, 2002.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • We in the IMVP have been pilgrims ourselves, first to the best lean-production facilities—all in Japan until very recently—and then back to the strongholds of mass production in North America and Europe.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Further, we had expected all of the American plants in North America and the American-and European-owned plants in Europe to perform at about the same level with little variation and to trail the average Japanese plant by about the same degree that Framingham trailed Takaoka in 1986.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Ford calls the process of joint design, with the lead role assigned to either Mazda at Hiroshima (for 323/Escort) or Ford North America in Dearborn (for the next generation of large cars to replace the Taurus/Sable) or Ford of Europe in the United Kingdom and Germany (for Tempo/Sierra), “Centers of Responsibility.”

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Only when the Europeans master lean-production methods will they be in a position to revitalize their manufacturing presence in North America and East Asia.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Nor will it be possible to do it even in an area as constricted as Toyota City, but the geographic pattern of lean production in North America is already clear.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Surely, the best lean-production plant in Japan and the worst mass-production plant in North America or Europe would have sufficiently demonstrated the differences between lean and mass production.

    The Machine That Changed the World


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