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BUSINESS HISTORY

 
 
 INVENTION      INVENTOR   YEAR
Assembly Line Ransom Olds 1901
Banking, Consumer Amadeo Giannini 1904
Bessemer Furnace Henry Bessemer 1855
Bread Slicer Otto Rohwedder 1928
Machine Vision Technology Jerome Lemelson 1954
Mass Production Henry Ford 1913
Scientific Business Management  Frederick Winslow Taylor  1894
Steel Industry Andrew Carnegie 1875

TO LEARN MORE

ON THE BOOKSHELF:
1000 Inventions & Discoveries
by Roger Bridgman / Hardcover: 256 pages / Dorling Kindersley Publishing; (2002)
Fascinating stories and vivid photographs and illustrations tell the tales of the developments in technology and natural science that have shaped our world. Profiles of the famous (and not-so-famous) men and women who have had "Eureka!" moments, a running timeline which puts the inventions and discoveries in historical context.

Becoming Lean : Inside Stories of U.S. Manufacturers
by Jeffrey K. Liker (Editor)Hardcover: 517 pages / Productivity Pr (February 1998)

The lean revolution is here. And while you may understand that this revolution is a profound shift away from the traditions of mass production.

The Machine That Changed the World
by James P. Womack, Daniel Roos, Daniel Jones / Hardcover: 323 pages / Rawson Assoc (1990)

Today, the industrial world is experiencing the most revolutionary change since Ramsom E. Olds assembly line -- which forever changed the way things are made. Japanese companies are sweeping the world, as Western companies and governments struggle to find ways to emulate them.

Panati’s Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
by Charles Panati / Paperback - 480 pages Reissue edition (September 1989) / HarperCollins
Discover the fascinating stories behind the origins of over 500 everyday items, expressions and customs.

The Principles of Scientific Management
Frederick Winslow Taylor / Paperback: 76 pages / Dover Pubns (January 1998)
The basis of modern organization and decision theory, this influential essay has motivated administrators and students of managerial technique for more than 80 years. A ground-breaking, and still-inspiring work.


ON THE SCREEN:
American Steel, Built to Last
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $25.00 / Also VHS
Its roots go back to the Ancient Egyptians, whose iron weapons helped maintain an empire that lasted three millennia. But in the 1850s, Englishmen Henry Bessemer invented a process that turned iron into steel, and the world was changed forever. It became the foundation of the corporate empires of Carnegie and Morgan; skyscrapers with skeletons of steel scraped the heavens; steel rails, trains, ships, planes, and automobiles built a transportation network unmatched in the world.

Assembly Line
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $25.00
When Henry Ford started building the Model T on an assembly line, he didn't just revolutionize the fledgling automobile industry--he changed the world.


ON THE WEB:

Greatest Business Stories
The Ford Motor Company was one of only forty-four U.S. automakers left in 1929, out of the hundreds that had entered the fray since the beginning of the century. That year, Ford, General Motors, and the newly formed Chrysler Corporation -- known then and now as the Big Three -- accounted for 80 percent of the market.
(URL: www.wiley.com/legacy/products/subject/business/forbes/ford.html)


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