Managers and Workers: Origins of the Twentieth-Century Factory System in the United States, 1880-1920 / Edition 2

Managers and Workers: Origins of the Twentieth-Century Factory System in the United States, 1880-1920 / Edition 2

by Daniel Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 029914884X

ISBN-13: 9780299148843

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

During the early years of this century, the classic factory system of the industrial revolution evolved rapidly into a new, identifiable form that would characterize American and world industry for most of the twentieth century.  This transformation, as important for industrial managers, workers, and consumers as the initial creation of the factory, is the

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During the early years of this century, the classic factory system of the industrial revolution evolved rapidly into a new, identifiable form that would characterize American and world industry for most of the twentieth century.  This transformation, as important for industrial managers, workers, and consumers as the initial creation of the factory, is the subject of Daniel Nelson’s illuminating synthesis, updated and expanded to include the scholarship of recent decades.
    This edition of Managers and Workers describes the interrelations between technological and organizational innovation, including such familiar developments as the spread of mass production and the emergence of scientific management, and other developments that were little known when the first edition of this book appeared, such as the revolution in factory architecture, the changing role of the foreman, and the spread of personnel work. The volume also incorporates the best scholarship of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, some of it stimulated by Managers and Workers, and includes a new chapter on the role of organized labor in the early twentieth-century factory. The focus of the work, however, remains the individual managers and workers who created the twentieth-century factory system.
    The preeminent historian of the American business firm, Alfred D. Chandler Jr. reviewed the first edition of Managers and Workers in The Journal of Economic History, predicting that this book would “long remain the standard work on the origins of the American factory.” The second edition will make that prediction true for the 1990s and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299148843
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Tables
Preface
1The Setting3
2The Factory Environment11
3The Foreman's Empire35
4The Rise of Scientific Management56
5Recruiting the Factory Labor Force79
6The Rise of Welfare Work99
7The New Factory System and the Worker119
8The Impact of Progressive Government136
9World War I153
Epilogue176
Notes181
Bibliographical Note235
Index237

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