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A biographical look at the life times and lessons of Henry Ford It is doubtful if any mechanical invention in the history of the world has influenced in the same length of time the lives of so many people in an important way as the motor car So writes an American historian thinking of the automobile alone But it does not stand-alone It was the automobile factory that introduced mass production a process that has changed the lineaments of our economic and social life more profoundly than any other single element in the recent history of civilization Nearly everyone has heard of this process yet few have any detailed or exact knowledge of its inception and development Enter Henry Ford The true answers of what inspired this Michigan farmer to develop a production process that was so simple effective and efficient it changed the entire course of history In this report we will present a brief history of the era in which Henry Ford lived the background from which he came and important management trends he followed It is hard to summarize the era in which Henry Ford lived Chiefly because he changed the entire tone of the era in which he lived making his career a transitional period We will begin with the world before Ford In the mid-latter part of the eighteen hundreds c1860-c1895 the United States was still tending its wounds from the aftermath of the civil war It was a time of rebuilding reorganizing and a time to accept change The countrys figureheads were also changing When the most respected of men were generals soldiers presidents and war painted warriors combat bravery was a greatly revered trait However when the dust and smoke of war cleared the publics attention naturally shifted back to home life The transition occurred when the position of bravery in the public eye changed from a warriors bravery to an entrepreneurs type of bravery
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