Henry Ford Essay

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The purpose of this report on Henry Ford is to examine what ethics Mr. Ford held through his life as seen through actions and his attitude about the working class during his life. Through hard work, Henry Ford believed, you could make a better man, through self help, and with thrift, cleanliness, or morality workers could enjoy a better life according to Bak (Bak, 2003). and using the Scientific Management methods by Frederick Taylor, optimal work methods, while dehumanizing, would add efficiency to tasks. Ford believed that by living a moral life a man could flourish. He believed a man such a convict could be rehabilitated and if the ex-convict was moral would contribute to society. The life profile of Henry Ford will be examined here with focus on his five-dollar workday, which is where Fordism is coined from. (Bak, 2003, p.71) “Fordism, a term coined to describe the ‘mad socialist’s’ penchant for human engineering…” and Ford’s anti-Semitism (which I think is too close to human engineering), these examples are used in particular here in order to capture Henry Ford’s ethical views. There were other controversies such as the Dodge trial, that also point to ethics that is identified here that identify an ethical point of view that shows a man with a 19th century agrarian rooting who helped build 20th century industrial America. Henry Ford was an American industrialist, born in Wayne County, Michigan in 1863 and died in Dearborn, Michigan, in 1947. (Lagasse, 1994) Ford was able to cut production costs by exploiting the assembly line producing an affordable car for the multitudes—building an inexpensive, standardized car . By 1914 in doing this Ford Motor Company became the largest automobile producer in the world. Henry Ford was not the first to build an automobile nor did he invent the assembly line for mass

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