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May 1, 2018 / C H Thompson


  • Fordism (1908) – provided the mass production of cheap Ford cars by applying Taylorism to mass production
  • this meant breaking each production task into small repetitive tasks, . For example your ‘repetitive task’ could be repeatedly installing the windscreen on car after car
  • Fordist production processes are seen as deskilling and alienating its workforce

The features of Fordism are:

  1. production lines are used to produce products, such as cars, on a mass scale – hence the phrase mass production
  2. production line work is broken down into small, simple & repetitive tasks
  3. workers are closely managed
  4. the speed of the production line is controlled by management
  5. workers are removed from the decision making process

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