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Real-Time Control of the Industrial Enterprise by Walter Boyes, Peter Martin

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A Retrospective

Industrial organizations have reached their current situation as the result of a long series of evolutionary steps. Today, there are remarkable similarities between the organizational structures of most major industrial businesses. People entering the industrial workforce may take existing organization structures and processes for granted without truly understanding how they evolved. When we merely accept things as they are without understanding the reasons and forces that shaped them, it can prevent us from really understanding how they may be changed to better meet the needs driving business today. For this reason, a concise discourse on the evolution of industrial organizations and operations may be useful.

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