Agile Methods on the Shop Floor: Towards a "Tesla Production System"?

dc.contributor.authorDaum, Timo
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-29T13:47:45Z
dc.date.available2023-08-29T13:47:45Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.description.abstractThis discussion paper investigates two questions: To what extend can Tesla be regarded as a digital firm, and do we - as a result - see elements of a distinct "Tesla production system"? While the EV-startup is widely approached as a competing automaker focusing on the electric drive train, which it certainly is, this paper argues that it can only fully be understood as a digital firm - a digital car company with a digital product embedded in a digital ecosystem. Its roots in Silicon Valley, its software-first approach, and its strategic exploitation of user activity data point into this direction. In the second part, this paper explores to what extent Tesla's rootedness in software and its Silicon-Valley ancestry gave reason to introduce methods borrowed from software development on the shop floor. To a certain degree, concepts from agile software development found their way to the very assembly-line at Tesla. Although it might be exaggerated to speak of a distinct "Tesla Production system", indications for a considerable and possibly enduring alteration of Lean Production paradigm can be determined.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) (grant no.: 16DII111, 16DII112, 16DII113, 16DII114, 16DII115, 16DII116, 16DII117 – „Deutsches Internet-Institut“)
dc.identifier.citationDaum, T. (2022). Agile Methods on the Shop Floor: Towards a “Tesla Production System”? (Weizenbaum Series 31). https://doi.org/10.34669/WI.WS/31
dc.identifier.doi10.34669/WI.WS/31
dc.identifier.eissn2748-5587
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.weizenbaum-library.de/handle/id/139
dc.identifier.zdb3064032-5
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWeizenbaum Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWeizenbaum Series
dc.rightsopen access
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectSociology & anthropologyen
dc.subjectEconomicsen
dc.subjectManufacturingen
dc.subjectSociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technologyen
dc.subjectproductionen
dc.subjectdigitalizationen
dc.subjectelectric vehicleen
dc.subjectmanufacturingen
dc.subjectsoftwareen
dc.subjectWirtschaftde
dc.subjectSoziologie, Anthropologiede
dc.subjectAgile Methodsde
dc.subjectShop Floorde
dc.subjectTeslade
dc.subjectProduktion, Fertigungde
dc.subjectWissenschaftssoziologie, Wissenschaftsforschung, Technikforschung, Techniksoziologiede
dc.subjectElektrofahrzeugde
dc.subjectProduktionde
dc.subjectDigitalisierungde
dc.subjectSoftwarede
dc.subjectFertigungde
dc.subject.ddc330 Wirtschaft
dc.subject.ddc300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Anthropologie
dc.titleAgile Methods on the Shop Floor: Towards a "Tesla Production System"?
dc.typeWorkingPaper
dc.type.statuspublishedVersion
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dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBerlin
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume31
local.researchgroupArbeiten in hochautomatisierten, digital-hybriden Prozessen
local.researchtopicMensch – Arbeit – Wissen
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