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Simon Head

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179835.001.0001

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The Roots of Mass Production

The Roots of Mass Production

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The New Ruthless Economy

Simon Head

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the mass production system in the manufacturing and service industries in the U.S. The mass production model's triumph first came with its application in the armaments industry during World War 2, this was followed by its application in the consumer economy in the late 1940s and the 1950s and the renewal of the mass production model by Japanese manufacturers in the 1970s and 1980s. This chapter contends that the roots of mass production run deep in American history and the early wave of mass production was not confined to the commanding heights of the American industry.

Keywords:   mass production model, U.S., armaments industry, consumer economy, American industry, mass production

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