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Henry Ford

            Henry Ford was one of the most brilliant managers in creating the automobile assembly line; but it was his controversial characteristics and unorthodox approach towards managing the Ford Motor Company which resulted in the accumulation of one of the most successful corporations in the world. The growth of the economy and stock market added to the amount of job opportunities as well as the morality of the workers. Between the five dollar/day plan, his policies on administrating the company, and his relations with his customers and workers, Ford was often presented as a distrustful character. This behavior, which many perceived as odd, led to the belief that the Ford Company would fall; but this was not the case. The Anti-Semitic accusations and the thoughts that Ford was taking advantage of his workers were surpassed by his brilliance and firm leadership in running his company.
             Obviously people not always supported Ford. Actually, there are a tremendous amount of critics that say if it weren't because of Ford's controversial issues his company could have gotten much farther than it is today. By the mid twenties the Ford cars were already the world's most successful automobile company, but their great reputation would soon decline. Ford's $5/day plan for all employees signified the overwhelming success of the company. Many believed this success was short-lived with the new policies dealing with the workers which soon followed. With the need to increase production and lower costs, in the mid 30's Ford cut all Ford worker's wages in half. .
             Ford expected all workers to work more efficiently. The heads of department were ordered to ban all talking and whistling while they were working. All of this was a plot by Ford to make sure he knew what all of his workers were doing, he was very possessive. Secondly, Ford began to fire old workers and hire young workers. His ideology was that the younger workers could work more productively and more efficiently.

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