Posts Tagged ‘Henry Ford’

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    Mass Production: A BMW

    Jun 4, 13 • 288 Views • No Comments

    I wonder if Henry Ford would have been surprised by this 15 minute BMW factory production video tour (below). Few people, lots of robots, the process begins with a colorless shell and ends with the BMW moving off the assembly line. Slow moving and yet...  [read more]

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    Winning World War II With Numbers

    Sep 2, 12 • 317 Views • No Comments

    The year was 1940. Seeing that war might be imminent, President Roosevelt approached the president of General Motors. Wartime conversion was the issue. To become an “arsenal of democracy,” how could we produce planes instead of Pontiacs? With...  [read more]

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    Ford Déjà Vu

    Aug 3, 12 • 221 Views • No Comments

    Responding to very different incentives, in 1908 and in 2012 Ford designed a lighter car. The first Model-T had a unique chassis. Made of a steel alloy that no other US car maker used, the Model-T was inexpensive, relatively powerful, sturdy and user...  [read more]

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    What Spaghetti Sauce Teaches Us

    Jul 15, 12 • 433 Views • No Comments

    Henry Ford once said that: “If I’d have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me ‘A faster horse.’ ” Similarly, asked about spaghetti sauce during the 1980s, consumers primarily knew about Ragu’s...  [read more]

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    Steve Jobs and Joseph Schumpeter

    Aug 27, 11 • 443 Views • No Comments

    Henry Ford once said that consumers would have requested “a better horse” if he had asked them what to produce. Similarly, Steve Jobs told a reporter, “It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.” The result? For...  [read more]