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Significant Cultural Transformations in the Automotive Industry

  • Elizabeth K. Briody
  • Robert T. TrotterII
  • Tracy L. Meerwarth

Abstract

The manufacturing history of Europe, the United States, and the world is an intertwined flow of cultural transformations. Understanding the broad sweep of those transformations is an excellent way to explore current patterns because any cultural transformation has three elements that define it, explain it, and predict where it will end up. These elements are a history, a present configuration, and future potential. A famous aphorism states, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In both the social sciences and in most human relationships, the things a person has done in the past are often the best predictors of future behavior. Unfortunately, being the best predictor is not necessarily synonymous with being a reliable predictor, only the most reliable predictor we have. People, cultures, and environments can change in unanticipated directions that make the future less certain.

Keywords

Machine Tool Mass Production Assembly Line Automotive Industry Quality Network 
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Copyright information

© Elizabeth K. Briody, Robert T. Trotter II, and Tracy L. Meerwarth 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth K. Briody
    • 1
  • Robert T. TrotterII
    • 2
  • Tracy L. Meerwarth
    • 3
  1. 1.Michigan State University, Northern Arizona University, Wayne State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Anthropology DepartmentNorthern Arizona UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Consolidated Bearings Co.Cedar KnollsUSA

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