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Dispelling the Manufacturing Myth: American Factories Can Compete in the Global Marketplace

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Dispelling the Manufacturing Myth

American Factories Can Compete in the Global Marketplace (1992)
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Conventional wisdom holds that high wages, high capital costs, and worker inflexibility have cost America its ability to compete in the world manufacturing marketplace. This book demonstrates that U.S.-based manufacturing can compete in terms of quality, product features, and timely delivery--the real measures of competitiveness in the 1990s.

The committee identifies attributes that attract manufacturers to given locations and assesses the attractiveness of the United States as a location for different kinds of manufacturing. The volume dispels myths that have guided management decision making in the past and offers recommendations to promote the United States as a manufacturing site.

The volume discusses new approaches to understanding and controlling costs. With case studies from three important industries--consumer electronics, semiconductors, and automobiles--the book explores factors in site location decisions, highlighting advantages the United States can offer as a manufacturing site over low-cost rivals.

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National Research Council. 1992. Dispelling the Manufacturing Myth: American Factories Can Compete in the Global Marketplace. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/1890.

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130 pages | 6 x 9
Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-309-04676-3
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/1890
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Table of Contents

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FRONT MATTER i-xiv
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1-8
1 INTRODUCTION 9-20
2 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS 21-44
3 SEMICONDUCTORS 45-60
4 AUTOMOBILES 61-76
5 CONCLUSION 77-100
BIBLIOGRAPHY 101-104
INDEX 105-112
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