Gorton Mcgregor and Herbert Austin

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210899490 Professor Thomson February 28, 2011 The Contributions of Gorton McGregor and Herbert Austin The growth of the automotive industry in the western hemisphere proves effective for several reasons. It has created employment for many, improved the construction of roads and has brought upon one of the greatest innovations. The social and financial benefits experienced by all are a result of the contributions of several individuals. Amongst these key figures, Gorton McGregor and Herbert Austin were pioneers of remarkable character who played critical roles in the establishment and growth of the automotive industry in Canada and Britain respectively. It is quite interesting to note the paths each followed to achieve personal and corporate success. McGregor and Austin share some key personality traits and managerial decisions. In other ways, the two men also oppose in their leadership styles and corporate decisions. Having analyzed the similarities and differences in the triumphs and failures in their careers, their personality traits, and the nature of the managerial decisions they made, it can be concluded that these key figures took alternative ways to achieve success. Gorton McGregor of Scottish decent was born in 1873. He was raised and educated in Windsor, Ontario. With no experience in the business field, he was made manager of his father’s company, The Walkerville Wagon Works.[1] After his father’s death in 1903, McGregor struggled to remain successful in his wagon-making business. He had a vision to turn his plant into a factory for the vehicle industry. He then partnered with Henry Ford in 1904. He became the key figure in the establishment and growth of Ford Motor Company in Canada. He later became vice president, treasurer and general manager.[2] Apart from expanding to the foreign markets, the increased production in the Model T cars marked the

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