Fordism refers to the system of
mass production pioneered by Henry Ford to meet the needs of a mass market. Henry Ford
pioneered assembly line manufacturing. Fordism refers to economic and social systems based
on mass production and mass consumption. Named after Henry Ford, the term Fordism is used
in theories about production, consumption, and connected areas. Fordism was a method used
to improve productivity in the automotive industry.
Fordism is about the manufacturing
system designed to mass produce low-cost goods and give its workers decent wages to buy
them. Fordism is also about the mass production of standardized products using machinery
and unskilled labor.
Fordism could be applied to any kind of manufacturing process.
Principles of Fordism:
The standardization of the product.
The employment of assembly lines.
Ford realised manufacturing flow
through proto-Japanese manufacturing techniques which involved a commitment to continuous
improvement. - Karel Williams, University of Wales, John Williams, University of Wales,
Aberystwyth, Colin Haslam, East London Polytechnic - Work, Employment & Society,
Vol. 6, No. 4, 517-555.
The stereotypes of Fordism and
mass production. The article quantifies Ford's heroic achievement in taking two-thirds of
the labour hours out of the product at the same time as he built more of each car. - Ford
versus 'Fordism': The Beginning of Mass Production?
Everybodys Life is
Like a Spiral: Narrating Post-Fordism in the Lifestyle Movement of the 1970s Sam
Binkley, Emerson College, Cultural Studies,
Critical Methodologies, Vol4, No1, (2004)
What has been variously termed the post-Fordist turn Western societies describes the
demise of a middle class professional culture and the
emergence of a new lifestyle morality of expressive self realization. This study examines
the role played by selection of lifestyle innovators in this process: through an interpretive theory of narratives of moral change..
Post-Fordism and Workplace
Change: Towards a Critical Research Agenda
Ian Hampson, School of Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour, at the
University of New South Wales, Peter Ewer, Meg Smith - Journal of Industrial
Relations, Vol. 36, No. 2, 231-257 (1994)
Post-Fordism is an influential account of workplace change. Post-Fordism about the image
of workplace change that could confuse the deliberations of those vitally affected by the
latter. We argue that post-Fordism. in particular the work of Mathews, fails to
distinguish favourable from unfavourable forms of work organization. We counterpose a
critical research agenda to that suggested by Mathews. We attempt to take the debate
towards a sociology of knowledge of post-Fordism.
Post-Fordism: Historical Break or Utopian Fantasy?
Diane Fieldes, University of New South Wales, Tom Bramble, La Trobe University, Bundoora,
Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 34, No. 4, 562-579 (1992)
Writers, operating within a paradigm of post-Fordism, contend
that traditional Western manufacturing methods, based on mass production and Taylorism,
are being replaced by strategies premised on niche markets. In Australia such changes have
important implications for the labour movement. These claims are challenged in this
article, both because of the determinist framework that
Fordism on a World Scale: International Dimensions of Regulation -
David F. Ruccio, Department of Economics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Review of
Radical Political Economics, Vol. 21, No. 4, 33-53 (1989)
The method of analysis of the French Regulation School, especially the work of Lipietz, is
presented and critically discussed as a potential contribution to a much-needed Marnan
class analysis of contemporary capitalism.
The Japanization of Fordism - Stephen Wood, London School of
Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol. 14, No. 4, 535-555 (1993)
Japan also began to play an important role in the wider Post-Fordist debates about
transformations in production regimes and even societies in general. Japanese model does
exposes problems of certain concepts of Fordism, the blanket association of Fordist mass
production with inflexibility. At the labour process level, the Japanese model rests on
the fundamental bedrock of Fordism work study. It is common to incorrectly identify
Fordism with rigidity. We should not expect Fordism to carry a bigger theoretical burden
than it can.
From Fordism to?: New Technology, Labour Markets and Unions - Rianne
School of Public Administration, Carleton University - Economic and Industrial
Democracy, Vol. 8, No. 1, 5-60 (1987).
Globalization, Post-Fordism and the Contemporary
Context of Development, Ray Kiely, University of East London, International
Sociology, Vol. 13, No. 1, 95-115 (1998)
This article examines the claims that we are living in a new, global, post-Fordist era.
The claims of both globalization and post-Fordism are examined.
Post-Fordism, Monopoly Capitalism, and Hollywood's Media Industrial Complex
Michael Wayne, Brunel University, England michael, International Journal of Cultural
Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1, (2003)
Post-Fordist accounts implicitly or explicitly suggest that one of the central dynamics of
advanced capitalism, its tendency towards the centralization
and concentration of capital is being corrected or reversed.