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Today and Tomorrow: Commemorative Edition of Ford's 1926 Classic

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Winner of the 2003 Shingo Prize!

Henry Ford is the man who doubled wages, cut the price of a car in half, and produced over 2 million units a year. Time has not diminished the progressiveness of his business philosophy, or his profound influence on worldwide industry. The modern printing of Today and Tomorrow features an introduction by James J. Padilla, Group Vice Presiden
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 30th 2002 by Productivity Press (first published 1926)
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Sergei_kalinin
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
Книга произвела очень сильное впечатление... До этого были в голове какие-то отрывочные и противоречивые знания о Форде, причем в духе советской политэкономии :) Но, как и всегда сам говорю - читайте первоисточники! Прочитал...

Впечатлило:

1) Размеры и сложность корпорации Форда. Думаю, что сегодня таких вертикально интегрированных компаний уже просто не существует. Изготовление автомобилей в его корпорации начиналось даже не с добычи железной руды и выплавки стали, а со строительства городов дл
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Bob Wallner
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lean, Business Leaders
I loved this book.

I often teach that Lean is not implicitly a “Japanese” concept but an American concept that was transferred (and subsequently perfected by) many Japanese companies after WWII. This 1926 version has solidified this if nowhere else, than at least in my mind.

Ford’s Assembly Line is often used as an example of one of his most obvious contributions to Lean. Having parts and tools at point of use he was able to increase production while reducing costs.
However after reading this boo
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Oleksandra Ovcharenko
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Добралась, наконец-то, до книги от Генри Форда. И решила начать с работы «Сегодня и завтра». Книга рассказывает о развитии фордовских заводов и изменении их производственных процессов после 1922 года.

В основе всех изменений - автоматизация производства, именно Форд впервые стал использовать промышленный конвейер для поточного производства автомобилей
Хотя, я не увлекаюсь машинами, данная книга мне понравилась! Потому что Генри Форд пишет не просто о создании автомобилей, а подробно описывает как
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Niels Philbert
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is part technical description of actual processes and improvemements carried out in Ford Industries under Ford's leadership and part philisophical reflections around what a business ought to strive for; being an asset for society and the public as a whole.

Mostly the thinking from Henry Ford is impressive and innovative. Both for it's time and in general. And yes, there might be plenty of survivorship bias, so we do not hear a lot about failures. But that's to be expected given the autho
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Tom Hunter
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Taiichi Ohno of Toyota said that he learned everything he knew about Assembly Line production--what is today known as Lean Manufacturing--from Henry Ford's books.

Mr Ohno is referring to this book, Henry Ford's second. It gives in excellent and vivid detail why and how he evolved into the intensely refined process for building the Model T, which was what Mr. Ford was building when he wrote this book in 1926. This presents a fascinating narrative of the evolution of his assembly line. Like in all
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Sue_D
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like most of the chapters from the book. I got especially taken in by the chapter about the nation's wealth, and the idea behind charities. I do recommend to others to read, review and keep it accessible in their bookshelves. For me, this is a must-read. ...more
Alex
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Henry Ford was a big thinker. That seems obvious given his business legacy but this book paints a much deeper portrait of the man. Here he lays out a comprehensive philosophy of work and its purposes in both bettering the individual and advancing civilization.
Crystal Johnston
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
great for falling asleep. Don't read if you can help it. it was required reading for my lean certification but I'm actually less smart due to it ...more
Mike Thelen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing what Ford was doing at the front of the twentieth century...and we still aren't doing today. Wage Motive... ...more
Lewis Jones
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, economics
Ford's Ideas:
1. The business is built to serve the public.
2. High wages and low prices build economies by increasing consumer buying power.
3. Relentless optimization and cost saving while increasing quality is key to achieving 2.
4. Charity kills the spirit of growth. The people in power must help the weak help themselves.
5. Industrialization resolves the needs of humanity, and overproducing will only be possible once everyone has everything they need.

Ford built his empire with a simple but incre
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Aaron Bolin
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Brilliant, though somewhat utopian in outlook. I was somewhat surprised to see that Henry Ford outlined a complete and modern continuous process improvement program back in 1926 -- long before quality circles, total quality management, and lean six sigma.

The basic message of the book is that good business management can save the world. Ford cites multiple examples from Ford Motors where better management improved the bottom line and also improved the lives of his workers.

The book reads somewha
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George Miller
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second of 3 books written by Henry Ford. It is written in a similar style to My Life and Work. in Today and Tomorrow, Henry details the measures taken and innovations developed to reduce labor hours in building the Model T. Henry believed that companies exist to provide a service to their customers; in Ford's case, that service was an automobile at the lowest possible cost. It is ironic that in 1926, the year this book was written, the public was rejecting the Model T for more e ...more
Paul Mamani
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Henry Ford is the man who doubled wages, cut the price of a car in half, and produced over 2 million units a year. Time has not diminished the progressiveness of his business philosophy, or his profound influence on worldwide industry. The modern printing of Today and Tomorrow features an introduction by James J. Padilla, Group Vice President, Ford North America. It also includes an enhanced selection of photos illustrating the processes and facilities Ford covers in the text. Taiichi Ohno ackno ...more
Preston Malone
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business-history
Brilliant. This book marks Ford as a genius.

Taiichi Ohno was the inventor of the Toyota Production System, which was copied during the 1980's by Sony and practically other Japanese and Asian Tiger industrial firm. Henry Ford was Ohno's hero. Taiichi Ohno read and reread Today and Tomorrow (published 1926), for Ford's book was a remarkable blueprint of how Henry Ford was achieving what we call today "Total Quality Management". It was also a road map detailing almost every major feature that show
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Mike
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was written back in the 1920's but it still relevant today. Ford revolutionized manufacturing and many of his ideas inspired Ohno and Shingo in their development of the Toyota Production System and Lean. ...more
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Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobil ...more

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