Ford Motor Company - A Brief History
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This paper traces the history of the Ford Motor company, highlighting its innovations and role in American manufacturing. First, the paper describes Henry Ford founded the company, and its landmark vehicle, the Model T. Then, the paper discusses the assembly line and its role in production. Additionally, the paper explores challenges the Ford Motor Company faced when the popularity of the Model T declined, and how the company had to reinvent itself to stay a leader in its field. World War II and its impact on Ford is noted, along with the company's place in the industry following the War. The paper describes various cars that have been produced by Ford since the 50's and concludes by addressing the challenges Ford faces in today's market.
From the Paper:"The next major event in the history of Ford was less a company initiative than a shock that happened to the company. In 1941, the company signed its first union contract. The path to this point was rocky. Ford was an early pioneer of the concept of paying workers top wages and benefits. He had done this primarily because he recognized that the monotony of assembly line work led to high turnover, and he felt this was the best means of increasing worker retention rates. As such, however, Ford felt that there was no need for unions in his company. This belief permeated management, culminating a period of violence in 1937. This included the Battle of the Overpass, an incident where in Ford security forces set upon union activists at the gates of Rogue River. This incident resulted in workers being injured and the case going before the National Labor Relations Board (Time, 1937). After unionization, Ford contributed to military production, cutting all civilian production until July 1945."
Sample of Sources Used:
- The Henry Ford Museum website. Retrieved May 12, 2009 from http://www.hfmgv.org/EXHIBITS/HF/
- Ford.com website. Retrieved May 12, 2009 from http://www.ford.com/about-ford/heritage/vehicles/modelt/672-model-t
- No author. (1937). Fordism vs. Unionism Time Magazine. Retrieved May 12, 2009 from http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,758013-1,00.html
- Birsch, Douglas & Fielder, John H. (1994). The Ford Pinto Case. Retrieved May 12, 2009 from http://books.google.com/books?id=qIlPURPTx30C&dq=ford+pinto&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=z_TpBo5soi&sig=gkXWzsLBYGEha2fDCmfcvccoNPI&hl=en&ei=Ph0JSvqtDY6JtgfT6sjmCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7#PPR11,M1
- Ford's recent financial data from MSN Moneycentral. Retrieved May 12, 2009 from http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/invsub/results/statemnt.aspx?Symbol=F&stmtView=Qtr
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