The All-Steel Body as a Cornerstone to the Foundations of the Mass Production Car Industry

Posted: 22 Jun 2008

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Paul Nieuwenhuis

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Peter Alfred Wells

University of Technology Sydney, Accounting Discipline Group ; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

This article provides a novel account of the development of the mass production car industry. The usual primacy given to Henry Ford, the moving assembly line and the organisation of labour is counter-balanced by a focus on production technology. Using historical sources, emphasis is placed on the all-steel body technology pioneered by Edward Budd, whose importance to modern mass car production has only become evident in the light of later, post-Ford developments in the automotive industry. The diffusion of this technology is shown to have transformed the economic structure of the US car industry, providing the structural template for contemporary car manufacturing around the world.

Suggested Citation

Nieuwenhuis, Paul and Wells, Peter Alfred, The All-Steel Body as a Cornerstone to the Foundations of the Mass Production Car Industry (April 2007). Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 183-211, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1149211 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtm001

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