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The Digital Hand, Vol 1How Computers Changed the Work of American Manufacturing, Transportation, and Retail Industries$
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James W. Cortada

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165883

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165883.001.0001

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Presence and Role of Manufacturing Industries in the American Economy

Presence and Role of Manufacturing Industries in the American Economy

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(p.66) 3 Presence and Role of Manufacturing Industries in the American Economy
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The Digital Hand, Vol 1
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James W. Cortada

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165883.003.0003

This chapter describes the size and nature of manufacturing industries in the American economy during the second half of the 20th century, providing data on size of GDP, number of employees, and key industries and how those changed over the half century. It discusses the evolution of the Fordist style to a Digital style of work, and patterns in the adoption and deployment of computers across the entire sector.

Keywords:   Fordist style, digital style, labor, deployment, training

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