The Fordism of Ford and Modern Management


The Fordism of Ford and Modern Management

Fordism and Post-Fordism

9781858989488 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Huw Beynon, Director, School of Social Sciences and Theo Nichols, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK
Publication Date: 2006 ISBN: 978 1 85898 948 8 Extent: 1,032 pp
In an attempt to make sense of changes that have taken place in the workplace worldwide, especially since the last quarter of the twentieth century, the two concepts of Fordism and Post-Fordism are often invoked. These volumes perform a valuable service to social scientists in bringing together important previously published contributions which explore this field.

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In an attempt to make sense of changes that have taken place in the workplace worldwide, especially since the last quarter of the twentieth century, the two concepts of Fordism and Post-Fordism are often invoked. These volumes perform a valuable service to social scientists in bringing together important previously published contributions which explore this field.

In their selection of articles, the editors range from the Fordism of Henry Ford to its oft-touted modern management successors – Japanisation and Toyotaism, flexible specialisation, lean production and McDonaldisation. They also provide useful criticisms of each of these developments.

The editors have written an authoritative introduction which offers an informative discussion of the issues.
Critical Acclaim
‘The Fordism of Ford and Modern Management is a much needed publication in terms of providing the scholars of work and organizations with an authoritative collection of references which critically revisit the phenomenon of Fordism and post-Fordism. In two volumes, the book brings together 48 previously published works which have made an important contribution to the debate on Fordism. . . As a desk reference, this two-volume collection is one of the most useful and inspiring books that is presently available in the field.’
– Ahu Tatli, Work, Employment and Society

‘The Fordism of Ford and Modern Management is an excellently collated double volume collection, as you would expect from such distinguished editors. It contains many of the most influential articles on the transformations that have taken place in the world of work. . . it has wide appeal to those with an interest in management/business studies, organizational behaviour, labour history, the sociology of work and sociology more generally.’
– Andrew Smith, Sociology

‘The world of work has changed dramatically over the past 50 – or even 30 – years, and it is fashionable to speak of a transformation from Fordism to post-Fordism. But what exactly is new, and what remains the same? With their comprehensive selection of readings and their own sensitive overview of the issues, Huw Beynon and Theo Nichols provide the foundation for a nuanced answer – and show that the brave new world of work is no utopia.’
– Richard Hyman, London School of Economics, UK
48 articles, dating from 1976 to 2003
Contributors include: C. Berggren, K. Dohse, P. Hirst, R. Hudson, A. Pollert, J. Rinehart, G. Ritzer, A. Sayer, K. Williams, J. Womack, S. Wood
Volume I
Introduction Huw Beynon and Theo Nichols
1. Christian Palloix (1976), ‘The Labour Process: From Fordism to Neo-Fordism’, [Translated by John Mepham and Mike Sonenscher]
2. Carl H.A. Dassbach (1991), ‘The Origins of Fordism: The Introduction of Mass Production and the Five-Dollar Wage’
3. David Roediger (1988), ‘Americanism and Fordism – American Style: Kate Richards O’Hare’s “Has Henry Ford Made Good?”’
4. James M. Wilson (1995), ‘Henry Ford’s Just-in-Time System’
5. Glen Norcliffe (1997), ‘Popeism and Fordism: Examining the Roots of Mass Production’
6. Karel Williams, Colin Haslam and John Williams (1992), ‘Ford versus “Fordism”: The Beginning of Mass Production?’
7. John Bellamy Foster (1989), ‘The Fetish of Fordism’
8. R. Hudson (1989), ‘Labour-Market Changes and New Forms of Work in Old Industrial Regions: Maybe Flexibility for Some but Not Flexible Accumulation’
9. Robin Murray (1988), ‘Life after Henry (Ford)’
10. Ian McIntosh (1995), ‘“It Was Worse Than Alcatraz”: Working for Ford at Trafford Park’
11. Knuth Dohse, Ulrich Jürgens and Thomas Malsch (1985), ‘From “Fordism” to “Toyotism”? The Social Organization of Labor Process in the Japanese Automobile Industry’
12. Stephen Wood (1993), ‘The Japanization of Fordism’
13. Roland Springer (1999), ‘The End of New Production Concepts? Rationalization and Labour Policy in the German Auto Industry’
14. Adrian Wilkinson, Graham Godfrey and Mick Marchington (1997), ‘Bouquets, Brickbats and Blinkers: Total Quality Management and Employee Involvement in Practice’
15. Theo Nichols, Nadir Sugur and Erol Demir (2002), ‘Globalised Management and Local Labour: The Case of the White-Goods Industry in Turkey’
16. Rick Delbridge (1995), ‘Surviving JIT: Control and Resistance in a Japanese Transplant’
17. Paul E. Rossler and Mario G. Beruvides (1994), ‘Management Theory Déjà Vu? Scientific and Total Quality Management’
18. David M. Boje and Robert D. Winsor (1993), ‘The Resurrection of Taylorism: Total Quality Management’s Hidden Agenda’
19. Andrew Sayer (1989), ‘Postfordism in Question’
20. Valeria Pulignano (2001), ‘Just-in-Time and Social Relations in the Auto-Component Industry’
21. Peter Turnbull, Nick Oliver and Barry Wilkinson (1989), ‘Recent Developments in the UK Automotive Industry: JIT/TQC and Information Systems’
22. Terry L. Besser (1993), ‘The Commitment of Japanese Workers and U.S. Workers: A Reassessment of the Literature’
23. Robert E. Cole, Arne L. Kalleberg and James R. Lincoln (1993), ‘Assessing Commitment in the United States and Japan: A Comment on Besser’
24. Egil Skorstad (1994), ‘Lean Production, Conditions of Work and Worker Commitment’
25. Paul S. Adler, Barbara Goldoftas and David I. Levine (1997), ‘Ergonomics, Employee Involvement, and the Toyota Production System: A Case Study of NUMMI’s 1993 Model Introduction’
26. Katsuo Nishiyama and Jeffrey V. Johnson (1997), ‘Karoshi – Death from Overwork: Occupational Health Consequences of Japanese Production Management’
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Volume II
An introduction by the editors to both volumes appears in Volume I
1. Fergus Murray (1983), ‘The Decentralisation of Production – the Decline of the Mass-Collective Worker?’
2. Fergus Murray (1987), ‘Flexible Specialisation in the “Third Italy”’
3. Ash Amin (1989), ‘Flexible Specialisation and Small Firms in Italy: Myths and Realities’
4. Chris Smith (1989), ‘Flexible Specialisation: Automation and Mass Production’
5. John Tomaney (1990), ‘The Reality of Workplace Flexibility’
6. Harley Shaiken, Stephen Herzenberg and Sarah Kuhn (1986), ‘The Work Process Under More Flexible Production’
7. Bruce Pietrykowski (1999), ‘Beyond the Fordist/Post-Fordist Dichotomy: Working through The Second Industrial Divide’
8. Steven P. Vallas and John P. Beck (1996), ‘The Transformation of Work Revisited: The Limits of Flexibility in American Manufacturing’
9. Steven P. Vallas (1999), ‘Rethinking Post-Fordism: The Meaning of Workplace Flexibility’
10. Anna Pollert (1988), ‘Dismantling Flexibility’
11. Thomas Bramble (1988), ‘The Flexibility Debate: Industrial Relations and New Management Production Practices’
12. Paul Hirst and Johnathan Zeitlin (1991), ‘Flexible Specialization versus post-Fordism: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications’
13. Karel Williams, Tony Cutler, John Williams and Colin Haslam (1987), ‘The End of Mass Production?’
14. Christian Berggren (1993), ‘Lean Production – The End of History?’
15. Ian Hampson (1999), ‘Lean Production and the Toyota Production System – Or, the Case of the Forgotten Production Concepts’
16. Michael A. Cusumano (1994), ‘The Limits of “Lean”’
17. Mike Parker and Jane Slaughter (1990), ‘Management-by-Stress: The Team Concept in the US Auto Industry’
18. James P. Womack (1996), ‘The Psychology of Lean Production’
19. James Rinehart (1999), ‘The International Motor Vehicle Program’s Lean Production Benchmark: A Critique’
20. Ben Dankbaar (1997), ‘Lean Production: Denial, Confirmation or Extension of Sociotechnical Systems Design?’
21. Andy Danford (2003), ‘Workers, Unions and the High Performance Workplace’
22. George Ritzer (1996), ‘The McDonaldization Thesis: Is Expansion Inevitable?’
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