AmericanHistory

Fordism

Fordismis a manufacturing system aimed at producing uniform and affordablegoods while granting its employees’ respectable wages. It isconsidered an ideal method of economic growth combined withtechnological development centered on the mass production of goods.The use of machines ensured that production of the goods was lesstime consuming and efficient. The products are then packed andtransported by unskilled labor. The method was primarily used toincrease output in the locomotive production(Wood&amp Wood, 2003).

Itssuccess grew from three main ideologies: First, all products werestandardized – the machines built the products, nothing was to bedone by hand, unskilled workers later assembled parts together or didthe final steps in packaging the product. Second, the use of assemblylines which had robots, special-purpose equipment, and machines tomake products. Unskilled workers participated in the productionprocess to ensure that the manufacturing process flowed smoothly.Finally, employees were compensated with higher incomes this wasdone so they have the ability also to buy the goods themselves.

Impacton Workers

Fordismlead to mass consumption due to its mass production ability. Fordismenabled workers to gain wages that could support their families alongwith job stability. There was a presence of internal labor markets,these markets lead to shared wealth, with it a rise in incomes, thisultimately lead to increased national productivity. However, thesebenefits were not felt by all people. Minorities and immigrants hadto struggle for luxuries and rarely participated in mass consumptionuntil late in the 20thcentury.

References

Wood,J. C., &amp Wood, M. C. (2003). HenryFord: Critical Evaluations in Business and Management.Taylor &amp Francis.