Post–World War II Developments

World War II turned out to be a major setback for American manufacturing. The country did learn a lot during the war about things such as design to production cycle reduction; quality control; learning curves; and operations research. Unfortunately, much of this knowledge was put aside after the war. The basic reason was that it was not needed. After the war, Japan and the industrialized nations of Europe were in ruins. The only significant production capability in the world was in the United States. Virtually everything the United States bought and used was made in the United States. Additionally, the United States supplied much of the rest of the world with manufactured goods. There was no competition. ...

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