Persistence and Vigilance: A View of Ford Motor Company’s Accounting Over Its First Fifty Years Vol: 24

Yvette J. Lazdowski
University of New Hampshire at Manchester, USA

Product Details
02 Nov 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
216 pages - 152 x 229mm
Studies in the Development of Accounting Thought
Persistence and Vigilance: A View of Ford Motor Company's Accounting Over Its First Fifty Years is an exploration of the financial leadership that guided the company through periods of phenomenal growth amidst the economic and political upheaval of the early 20th century.

Since its inception in 1903, the Ford Motor Company has implemented traditional accounting methods, as well as innovative financial reporting and business policies, to navigate industry competition, two world wars, and labor issues such as the famous $5 day. While much has been written on the presumption of Henry Ford's indifference to the financial details of operating the company that bore his name, there remains much to be said for the talented individuals working behind the scenes to spearhead the day-to-day financial and operational policies of the company. This includes initial co-founder James Couzens, super salesman and accountant Norval Hawkins, loyal Frank Klingensmith, and turn-around specialist Ernest Breech, among others. It was through their skill, persistence, and acumen that accounting policies and procedures evolved within the Ford Motor Company alongside the welcomed support of Edsel Ford, who was widely respected in his vision for strong financial oversight and organizational structure.

From archival information found in the Benson Ford Research Center, this book describes the accounting and financial reporting methods utilized by the company through its years of growth, wartime production, economic downturns, and eventual restructuring under the presidency of Henry Ford II. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the Ford Motor Company, as well as those curious about the application of accounting within the fast-growing automotive industry in the early to mid-1900s.
Chapter 1. The Inception of the Ford Motor Company
Chapter 2. A Precarious Beginning, James Couzens, Norval Hawkins, and the Selden Suit
Chapter 3. Growth and Conflict: The Moving Assembly Line and the $5 Day
Chapter 4. World War I, Minority Shareholders, and the Crisis of 1920-1921
Chapter 5. Move to the Rouge, the End of the Model T, and World War II
Chapter 6. A New Era: Henry Ford II, Ernest Breech, and the Whiz Kids
Chapter 7. Reflections and Final Thoughts
Yvette J. Lazdowski's research interest is in accounting and business history. She is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, as well as a CPA, CMA, CFM and CFE. Dr. Lazdowski's doctoral dissertation focused on the accounting history of the Ford Motor Company using archival data located at the Benson Ford Research Center in Dearborn, Michigan. From that research, she presented original data at the World of the Model T Conference in 2008. In 2013, she was presented with the Alfred R. Roberts Memorial Research Award. Dr. Lazdowski is a member of the Academy of Accounting Historians and the American Accounting Association.

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