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What are the differences between Taylorism and Fordism?

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December 03, 2009 10:03PM

Taylorism is modern, scientific management, which is the bedrock of both corporate workplace control and big business marketing. See Peter F. Drucker on this topic.

Fordism is an academic concept that credits Henry Ford with inventing the assembly line and suppposedly trying to over-pay his workers. Henry Ford did not invent the assembly line. Though he paid comparatively high wages, he worked his employees so hard that he actually made greatly increased profits for himself. Fordism is thus a vacuous and misleading concept.