Organizational Culture Change LO18186

Richard C. Holloway (
Mon, 25 May 1998 00:58:45 -0700

Replying to LO18175 --

You might find it interesting to study the long, varied and sordid history
of the Ford Motor Company. Michael Harrington's description of "fordism,"
as the single most important economic force of the early 1900s in the US
is notable; Ford's concept of labor (men) as "hired hands" set the tone
for the mechanical model in industry; the strike breakers, the
international force, the ability to make war machinery for both axis and
ally (as did the competition).

Comparing pre-WWII Ford to post-WWII Ford to contemporary (1980 - now)
Ford should be quite a study.



fjalex wrote:

> I could use some help with references. What companies come to mind when
> you think of successful, deliberate or not, culture change efforts. The
> operative word here is change. I am not as interested in organizations
> which started with a clean sheet, but more those organizations which had a
> long history of a particular style, and reinvented their culture,
> successfully. If you know something about the effort, please share what
> can about the success factors conncted with that effort. Thanks much for
> your thoughts.
> Fran Alexander
> "fjalex" <>

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