The Studebaker Corporation Descriptive Essay by Peter Pen

The Studebaker Corporation
Discusses the labor history of the Studebaker Corporation.
# 108390 | 1,455 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2008
Published on Oct 06, 2008 in Business (Companies) , Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper discusses the beginnings, history, and operations of the Studebaker Corporation. The paper describes how the founders of the Studebaker Corporation, the Studebaker brothers, took an elightened approach to operating their business and how that approach helped them to avoid the major labor upheavals and turnovers that were happening in that time period and maintain the company's image of enlightened management. The paper also discusses the Studebaker Corporation's fair treatment of its employees during the beginning of the twentieth century when working conditions were harsh--pay was low, workweeks were long, business conditions were volatile, and competition for jobs was intense.

From the Paper:

"Despite its rigorous attempts to comply with the needs of its employees, the Studebaker Corporation was not immune to the negative effects of this movement, undertaking a nearly 300 percent turnover rate from its Detroit plant. During the 1910s and 1920s, a number of prominent employers became dissatisfied with productivity problems associated with high turnover and simultaneously sought to stave off union organization in their workplaces."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Erskine, Albert R. History of the Studebaker Corporation. 2nd ed. South Bend: The Studebaker Corporation, 1924.
  • "Federal Mediation Has Kept Thousands at Work Many Disputes in Trades Vital to War Preparations Have Been Settled." Fort Wayne News Sentinel 7 Jan. 1918, sec. News: 4. Archive of Americana. Readex. US Military Academy, West Point. 15 Apr. 2007 <>.
  • Davidson, James W. and others, Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic. 5 ed. 2, Steven Drummond. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005).
  • The Northern Indiana Historical Society, "Early History of St. Joseph County." January 17, 2007. (accessed 1 March 2007).
  • Berkowitz, Edward and Kim McQuaid. "Businessman and Bureaucrat: The Evolution of the American Social Welfare System, 1900-1940." The Journal of Economic History 38, no. 1, The Tasks of Economic History (Mar., 1978): 121, (accessed March 1, 2007).

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