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Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy

Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by John R. Bryson, Jennifer Clark and Vida Vanchan

This interdisciplinary volume provides a critical and multi-disciplinary review of current manufacturing processes, practices, and policies, and broadens our understanding of production and innovation in the world economy. Chapters highlight how firms and industries modify existing processes to produce for established and emerging markets through dynamic and design-driven strategies. This approach allows readers to view transformations in production systems and processes across sectors, technologies and industries. Contributors include scholars ranging from engineering to policy to economic geography. The evidence demonstrates that manufacturing continues to matter in the world economy.

Chapter 1: Manufacturing management in theory and practice

Paul L. Forrester

Subjects: business and management, strategic management, geography, economic geography, urban and regional studies, regional studies


Manufacturing management has a diverse and rich history. The evolution of management thought through the 20th century has been inextricably linked to the practices and theories of factory management. The need to organize, plan and control resources emerged with the development of the Industrial Revolution (Babbage, 1835), though initially the practice was for a very general form of enterprise management with little by way of a theory of production management. This changed with practices introduced by, and later inspired by, the work of Frederick Winslow Taylor (Taylor, 1911) and the emergence of the Scientific Management School (Urwick and Brech, 1945, 1953; Bryson, 2000). Criticized as Taylorism has been for many years, it was clearly the first attempt to derive a set of principles and practices for the management of production and thereby improve efficiency and effectiveness, to replace the general factory management of earlier years.