The Sedalia Engine Plant was one of the first models of socio-technical work design. This case is an update of the activities in the plant over the eleven-year history. The main problem of the third manager is a change in competition on the world market and the need to change Sedalia manufacturing strategy. In return, the plant is in the middle of implementing just-in-time inventory and total quality systems. In addition, a large part of a lot, the autonomy of the workers was equated reduced. All … Read more »

The Sedalia Engine Plant was one of the first models of socio-technical work design. This case is an update of the activities in the plant over the eleven-year history. The main problem of the third manager is a change in competition on the world market and the need to change Sedalia manufacturing strategy. In return, the plant is in the middle of implementing just-in-time inventory and total quality systems. In addition, a large part of a lot, the autonomy of the workers was equated reduced. All changes have led to many employees complain that the system is moving away from the principles on which it was built.
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Janice A. Klein,
Bert A. Spector
Source: Harvard Business School
18 pages.
Publication Date: Jul 18, 1986. Prod #: 687004-PDF-ENG
Sedalia Revisited HBR case solution