Rethinking the assembly line: organization, performance and productivity in Ford Motor Company, c. 1908-1927

Wilson, J. and McKinlay, A. (2010) Rethinking the assembly line: organization, performance and productivity in Ford Motor Company, c. 1908-1927. Business History, 52(5), pp. 760-778. (doi:10.1080/00076791.2010.499425)

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Abstract

Previous assessments of Ford’s assembly line have been based on a limited set of highly aggregated data. New, more detailed and extensive data allows a reconsideration of Ford’s operations and their effectiveness to confirm more fully some earlier understandings through extending the analyses to show the line’s impact over a longer period and with more detail about its operational and organisational effects. The reconsideration also challenges some earlier ideas to show that the line was intensively exploited to yield productivity improvements, and that it was not so rigidly used as previously thought.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:James Wilson gathered the data and udertook the main analyses in the article.
Keywords:Assembly line, productivity, production management
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr James
Authors: Wilson, J., and McKinlay, A.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Business History
ISSN:0007-6791
ISSN (Online):1743-7938

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