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Rethinking the assembly line: Organisation, performance and productivity in Ford Motor Company, c. 1908–27

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alan McKinlay


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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.

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Author(s): Wilson JM, McKinlay A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Business History

Year: 2010

Volume: 52

Issue: 5

Pages: 760-778

Print publication date: 20/08/2010

ISSN (print): 0007-6791

ISSN (electronic): 1743-7938

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2010.499425


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