ERIC Number: ED244082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Human Resource Development and New Technology in the Automobile Industry: A Case Study of Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Engine Plant. The Development and Utilization of Human Resources in the Context of Technological Change and Industrial Restructuring.
Chen, Kan; And Others
This report centers around a plant-level study of the development and utilization of human resources in the context of technological change and industrial restructuring in the crankshaft production area of Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Engine Plant (DEP). The introductory chapter describes how the study was conducted, provides an introduction to DEP, reports on the selection of personnel for follow-up discussions, and documents the research strategy. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 present findings with each chapter corresponding to a segment of the investigation. Chapter 2 discusses technological innovation and examines the phases of technological change, including participants and factors affecting the change process. The chapter is organized into three sections: decisions leading up to the change, implementation of change, and future changes in technological innovation. The third chapter focuses on how the renovation of DEP was experienced by people on the shop floor: changes in work and attitudes, and consequences realized only after completion of renovation. Chapter 4 describes development of the training programs and procedures. Some problems encountered are highlighted, and possible explanations for them are suggested. Chapter 5 summarizes and integrates findings, discusses policy implications, and indicates further research needs. Appendixes include a representative listing of related work and training materials and schedules. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Identifiers: Automobile Industry; Ford Motor Company; Resource Utilization