July 24, 1989 |
It is trashed by dissident members of the United Auto Workers as a scheme to maintain production while hiring fewer workers. But it is working its way slowly and surely into U.S. industry. "It" is the Japanese-style "team concept" of industrial production--a program in which workers function in small groups that have greater responsibility in the production process and quality control. And it is responsible for more than a third of the $7 million in annual income that the J. Henry Lyle Co.