Inventory reduction and productivity growth: A comparison of Japanese and us automotive sectors

Marvin B. Lieberman, Shigeru Asaba

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This study assesses the inventory and productivity performance of the Japanese and US automotive industries in recent decades. Within each country we distinguish between vehicle assemblers and parts suppliers. In Japan, assemblers and suppliers made dramatic inventory reductions and productivity gains, particularly during the 1970s. By comparison, we find an unbalanced pattern for the United States: American assembly plants have been streamlined, but parts suppliers have stagnated. In both countries our findings suggest a strong association between inventory reduction and productivity growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-85
Number of pages13
JournalManagerial and Decision Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Mar


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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