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The rational factory : architecture, technology, and work in America's age of mass production

Author: Lindy Biggs
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1996.
Series: Studies in industry and society, 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In their quest for a "rational" workplace, turn-of-the-century engineers and industrial architects recast the factory itself in the image of the machine. Indeed, they considered the factory building the "master machine," containing and coordinating all of the machinery within. Such rational factory planning improved production speed and the management of workers. Once created, the rational factory transformed the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Biggs, Lindy.
Rational factory.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605073185
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lindy Biggs
ISBN: 0801852617 9780801852619 9780801872457 0801872456
OCLC Number: 34320623
Description: xiii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Rationalizing production in nineteenth-century America --
Industrial engineers and their "master machine" --
The human machine : engineers and factory welfare work --
Modernizing factories in the early twentieth century --
The Crystal Palace : the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park Plant, 1910-1914 --
The rational factory : Highland Park's new shop, 1914-1919 --
Ford's most ambitious machine : the River Rouge Plant, 1919-1935.
Series Title: Studies in industry and society, 11.
Responsibility: Lindy Biggs.
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Her interdisciplinary study draws from the fields of business history, engineering, technology, architecture, and theories of modernity. Why did some people want to rationalize the factory, she asks,  Read more...

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Traditional business history at its best, essential reading for anyone interested in the history of efficiency, technology, and work in the United States. -- William Roy * Journal of American History Read more...

 
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