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The Ford Motor Company underwent transition from workplace supervision based on a system of terror to one predicated on modern discipline. With what some contemporaries claimed was 'the world's largest private army' and an enormous espionage network, Henry Ford resisted adoption of human relations approaches and the new foremanship ideas that captured rivals such as General Motors. This account explains how in the 1940s the Ford Motor Company eventually capitulated and modernized its supervisory regime.
Author(s): Coopey R, McKinlay A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Labor History
Print publication date: 01/02/2010
ISSN (print): 0023-656X
ISSN (electronic): 1469-9702
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