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A Question of Scale: Networks, Systems, and Practice
October-December 2010 (vol. 32 no. 4)
pp. 94-96
Jonathan Aylen, University of Manchester

What does the Ford mass-production story have to do with the history of computing? Everything. More than half a century before Toyota's just-in-time inventory captured hearts and minds around the industrial world, Ford was using state-of-the-art information technology to implement a system of networked manufacturing. Historians of computing should continue to produce work about work, particularly work in the predigital age. Practice matters.

Index Terms:
History of computing, Ford, mass production, systems management
Citation:
Jonathan Aylen, "A Question of Scale: Networks, Systems, and Practice," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 94-96, Oct.-Dec. 2010, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2010.56
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