Why Car Colors Matter

Choosing car colors is about more than an appearance when we look more closely at resale value, temperature, and theft.

Why Tesla is Like a Model T Ford

Although they are separated by a century, the Model T Ford and Tesla are rather similar when we look at their leadership and production.

The Wright Moment for the Bicycle

As an innovation, the bicycle was a stepping stone that helped human capital move onward to other inventions like the airplane, the auto and better roads.

Why We Need Sunday Shopping

To fuel French economic growth, productivity and employment, a controversial law will allow more Sunday shopping but the business/leisure debate continues.

What UPS Learned from Henry Ford

Because free shipping creates pressure on retailers to send parcels more cheaply, UPS has had to lower costs by increasing processing productivity.

Mass Production: A BMW

I wonder if Henry Ford would have been surprised by this 15 minute BMW factory production video tour (below). Few people, lots of robots, the process begins with a colorless shell and ends with the BMW moving off the assembly…

Winning World War II With Numbers

The year was 1940. Seeing that war might be imminent, President Roosevelt approached the president of General Motors. Wartime conversion was the issue. To become an “arsenal of democracy,” how could we produce planes instead of Pontiacs? With GM’s president…

Ford Déjà Vu

Responding to very different incentives, in 1908 and in 2012 Ford designed a lighter car. The first Model-T had a unique chassis. Made of a steel alloy that no other US car maker used, the Model-T was inexpensive, relatively powerful,…

What Spaghetti Sauce Teaches Us

Henry Ford once said that: “If I’d have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me ‘A faster horse.’ ” Similarly, asked about spaghetti sauce during the 1980s, consumers primarily knew about Ragu’s plain, marinara and meat sauces. Because…

Steve Jobs and Joseph Schumpeter

Henry Ford once said that consumers would have requested “a better horse” if he had asked them what to produce. Similarly, Steve Jobs told a reporter, “It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.” The result? For Henry…