Issue No. 04 - October-December (2010 vol. 32)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2010.56
Jonathan Aylen , University of Manchester
<p>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.</p>
History of computing, Ford, mass production, systems management
J. Aylen, "A Question of Scale: Networks, Systems, and Practice," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 32, no. , pp. 94-96, 2010.