Definition of Fordism in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːdɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
The use in manufacturing industry of the methods pioneered by Henry Ford, typified by large-scale mechanized mass production.
More example sentences
  • Very similar points can be made about the relation between Fordism and Total Quality Management.
  • Since the automobile and the distilling industry are vastly different, the production technology varied greatly to the point that the distilling industry could not use the principles of Fordism that achieved mass production.
  • Believing that military security depended upon a modernized and industrially competitive France, Michelin selectively embraced aspects of American mass production techniques, notably scientific management and Fordism.



noun& adjective
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  • The movement to multi-site manufacture in this perspective represents an extension of management control over several sites, the exportation of Fordist manufacturing capacity.
  • The ‘rigidity’ of the Fordist production line gave way to a new ‘flexibility’, a word that will send chills of recognition down the spine of every worker today.
  • The Fordist employment relationship, which was the central institutional form in the post-war pattern of growth was sacrificed on the altar of rigour and monetary stability and was replaced by a competitive system of wage regulation.

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