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Knowledge Management in the Automotive Industry
A look at the current and potential use of knowledge management within the automotive industry.
# 98596 | 4,453 words | 31 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This report analyzes and recommends which knowledge management processes those auto manufacturers who are attaining best practices levels of performance are relying on. Critical to this analysis is examining how Japanese auto manufacturers specifically are structuring their production systems to encompass suppliers much earlier in the sourcing, quality, and procurement process than American or European auto manufacturers. The extension of knowledge management frameworks, both highly structured with taxonomies specifically aligned to quality management strategies, and loosely coupled to promote high levels of collaboration, trust and reciprocity in the sharing of knowledge are also profiled in this paper. As Toyota Motor Corporation and their Toyota Production System exemplify best practices in the area of knowledge management within automotive manufacturing, their approach to using knowledge management as both a foundation for inter organizational learning and the development of learning systems globally serve as the foundation for this paper.

Executive Summary
Automotive Industry Analysis
Current Use of Knowledge Management in Automotive
Potential Future

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