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Ford Management Nancy Mohren MGT/230 February 12, 2014 George Olson

It is July 30, 1863 and the birth of one of the most famous people known is born into this world kicking and screaming. His name is Henry, and he resides in Dearborn, Michigan to a prosperous farming family. In 1879 at the age of 16, he leaves for the nearby town of Detroit because he dislikes school and farming. He worked as a machinist's apprentice where he learned valuable knowledge that allowed him to leave his first job, go back to his home roots in Dearborn, and began part-time work for Westinghouse® Engine Company. He also spent his time working in a small machine shop he put together on the land of his family. This is Henry Ford, and he married in 1888 to a woman named Clara Bryant, which required him to get a better paying job. He went to work as an engineer for a company called Edison Illuminating Company and became Chief Engineer in a short space of time. This promotion required him to be on call 24/7 and during his down time he began experimenting with internal combustion engines. While working for the Edison company, he created the Quadricyle the first "horseless carriage" that ran on gasoline and rode on four bicycle wheels (Scott Allen, 2014). Ford began his efforts to establish a sustainable manufacturing business while still employed by Edison Illuminating and succeeded in 1903. In this year, he convinced 11 men to invest along with his personal finances to the sum of $28,000.00 to start the Ford Motor Company where Henry was vice-president and chief engineer. The small business produced three cars a day with up to three men working on each car, and the Model T production was happening. His management style was complex, conflicting, and strongly opinionated (Allen). Most of the company’s struggles were because of his…...

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