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How do the strategic implementation factors contribute to the safety scandals currently facing Toyota? (500-700 words)

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Amasaka (2010) proposes "New JIT", (Toyota's new technology strategy) a new principle of next generation management technology that contributes to corporate management; New JIT consists of a hardware system founded on three core elements: TMS, TDS and TPS, and a software system TQM-S that enables the application of scientific TQM (Total Quality Management). According to this author, today's management challenge is to provide high QCD (Quality, Cost and Delivery) products ahead of competitors through "Market Creating" activities, with priority given to customers; this is the mission of New JIT. In the implementation, strategic QCD studies are needed to strengthen core technologies and have them mutually linked as a whole. According to this same author, above all, manufacturers endeavoring to become global companies are required to collaborate with not only affiliated companies but also with non-affiliated companies to achieve harmonious coexistence among them based on cooperation and competition; in other words a so-called 'federation of companies' is needed. According to this paper, New JIT is a management technology strategy model which was verified at Toyota in terms of addressing its recent safety scandals.

According to Amasaka (2010) IT development has led to a market environment where customers can promptly acquire the latest information from around the world with ease; in this age, customers select products that meet their lifestyle and a sense of value on the basis of a value standard that justifies the cost. According to this author, they are strict in demanding the reliability of enterprises through the utility values (quality, reliability) of products; therefore it is apparent from recent safety scandals and recalls that enterprises will be dismissed from society and/or the market if ...

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This author proposes "New JIT", (Toyota's new technology strategy) a new principle of next generation management technology that contributes to corporate management; New JIT consists of a hardware system founded on three core elements: TMS, TDS (Total Development System) and TPS, and a software system TQM-S that enables the application of scientific TQM (Total Quality Management). According to this author, today's management challenge is to provide high QCD (Quality, Cost and Delivery) products ahead of competitors through "market creating activities," with priorities to customers; that is its overall mission.

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Strategic Choices 1

Look at the top management team at Toyota and analyze how they use structure, controls and culture to implement their strategy and fulfill their corporate mission.

Step One: After reviewing the background materials on strategy and structure, controls, and culture, read the following article:

Norihiko Shirouzu. (2010, April 14). Inside Toyota, Executives Trade Blame Over Debacle. Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition), p. A.1. Retrieved May 17, 2010, from ABI/INFORM Global. **FILE IS ATTACHED**

Step Two: Research the company annual report to get information about the structure, controls, and culture of Toyota from the company perspective.
http://www.toyota-global.com/investors/ir_library/

Step Three: Comment on how one or more of these implementation factors may account for the Toyota safety scandals and the company's current failure to accomplish their mission.

The case question is:
How do the strategic implementation factors contribute to the safety scandals currently facing Toyota?

This is a very big question. Feel free to concentrate and go in depth on any one of these three, the structure, culture, and controls. You may pick one of these and really get in to depth. OR you can take all three of these issues and give a cursory overview of how these factors have impacted Toyota's ability to achieve their mission.

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