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  1. The World

    September 1, 2014

    The double dilemma dealt to Hong Kong democrats

      Henry Ford is supposed to have said that his customers could choose any colour of car they wanted “so long as it’s black”....

  2. FT Data

    June 13, 2014

    Just what has Elon Musk given away?

    by Henry Foy, ‎Automotive Correspondent Henry Ford, the grandfather of the car industry and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, its current...

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  1. August 23, 2013

    Why Steve Jobs worked as a manager but not in a movie

    It used to be thought that no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American people, opening a bar or...

  2. June 13, 2013

    Industrial process

    Within a year of Henry Ford’s introduction of the first modern assembly line at his factory near Detroit in 1913, the system...

  3. February 20, 2013

    An epic told by the man at its centre

    In 1984, while flying at 43,000ft, both engines on American International Group’s corporate jet failed. The pilot “calmly...

  4. January 10, 2013

    Crisis has accelerated VW’s domination

    Volkswagen is sending an unmistakable statement of intent to other volume carmakers by embarking on a three-year, €50bn plan...

  5. September 30, 2012

    Carmakers tackle weighty issue of steel

    Henry Ford famously reflected that customers could have any colour of Model T so long as it was black. For a long time the...

  6. September 12, 2012

    The Valley hothouse for tech entrepreneurs

    The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups, by Randall Stross, Portfolio...

  7. August 28, 2012

    Making it in the new industrial revolution

    It can be hard for a start-up entrepreneur to get into manufacturing. The capital investment needs are steep, the technical...

  8. May 29, 2012

    Ragtime, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

    Perhaps more than any other work, that of Stephen Sondheim not excepted, Ragtime is an index of the ambition of the...

  9. March 9, 2012

    Beware of old business axioms

    In business, there are many supposedly unchallengeable truths – which are often used to end debate, close meetings and...

  10. February 27, 2012

    Ford sets out ‘blueprint for mobility’

    Bill Ford, chairman of the US carmaker his great-grandfather founded, styles himself as a visionary who likes to weigh in on...

  11. February 17, 2012

    Facebook IPO offers parallels with Ford’s in 1956

    From Mr Richard Magat. Sir, Like Facebook’s public stock offering, more than half a century earlier, in 1956, the Ford Motor...

  12. January 12, 2012

    Take a tip from Ford on workers’ pay

    From Mr Bachu Biswas. Sir, David Rubenstein (“Capitalism in crisis: A letter from Adam Smith to concerned capitalists”,...

  13. December 8, 2011

    Ford to resume dividend payments

    Ford Motor has passed another milestone in its dramatic turnround by resuming dividend payments after more than five years....

  14. October 28, 2011

    A secret garden

    After The King’s Speech , I have been to check out the ex-King’s retreat. With his Duchess, Wallis Simpson, the abdicated...

  15. October 28, 2011

    Generation Jobs

    It is tempting to look back on the life of Steve Jobs as emblematic of something larger. Certainly, there was a surprising...

  16. October 18, 2011

    Customer research: Testing the market is a vital ‘sanity check’

    The drawback of asking your customers what they want is that often you will not get a useful answer. As Henry Ford remarked,...

  17. October 11, 2011

    Genius can change the world

    Talent “hits the target others cannot hit; genius hits the target others cannot see”, said Arthur Schopenhauer, the...

  18. August 30, 2011

    Lee Friedlander, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

    In 1964, two young art directors at Harpers’ Bazaar commissioned Lee Friedlander to photograph the Pontiacs, Chryslers,...

  19. July 31, 2011

    US orchestras must evolve to survive

    Mario di Fiore played the cello in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for half a century. His father was an Italian immigrant,...

  20. May 2, 2011

    Benefits of a showroom bypass

    Built-to-order: the BMW X3 in production in Spartanburg, South Carolina Last November, Mike Romano went to BMW’s website...

  21. April 29, 2011

    Hot property: equestrian

    A property with equestrian facilities offers more than views of horses grazing in distant paddocks. There’s the possibility...

  22. March 21, 2011

    Biofuels: Plant power seen as only viable long-term alternative to petrol

    Henry Ford thought of it as the fuel of the future. When he launched his Model T car in 1908 he envisioned that ethanol,...

  23. March 17, 2011

    Alan Mulally: in the driving seat at Ford

    Man in focus: Alan Mulally launches the Ford Edge in Toronto in 2006 FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award winner:...

  24. March 14, 2011

    Corporate legacies can harm your future

    “History is bunk,” said Henry Ford. When it comes to companies, history suggests he was correct. A long corporate life...

  25. February 21, 2011

    How the financial sector sees technology as its saviour

    Watson, meet Wall Street. Wall Street, meet Watson. Watson is the IBM supercomputer that last week took on, and crushed, two...

  26. January 20, 2011

    Perhaps the sceptics are right

    From Mr Les Gapay. Sir, Yes, perhaps the sceptics are right when they think Apple will collapse when chief executive Steve...

  27. beyondbrics

    December 27, 2010

    Can Tata's own staff save the Nano?

    Henry Ford insisted that cars had to be cheap enough for workers to buy. Now India’s Ratan Tata is hoping the same principle...

  28. December 17, 2010

    American Colossus

    American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism 1865-1900, by HW Brands, Doubleday RRP$35, 624 pages Lee Chew, the son of a...

  29. September 29, 2010

    Demographics and inflation

    History may not be bunk, as Henry Ford claimed it was, but most predictions certainly are. The future, after all, is a...

  30. FT Tech Hub

    September 27, 2010

    Lex: Game makers

    Four years after Nintendo released the Wii and its motion controller, “Wiimote,” Microsoft prepares for the release of its...

  31. September 26, 2010

    Games makers

    If Microsoft existed 100 years ago, it would probably be announcing an innovative new buggy whip while Henry Ford chuntered...

  32. July 12, 2010

    Responsible companies’ first duty is survival

    As I joined more than a thousand people at the Royal Albert Hall last week to mark 25 years of the Prince of Wales’s...

  33. June 19, 2010

    Glorious inspiration

    The Venice Lido has seen its fortunes change with an investment of around €700m by real estate fund manager EstCapital SGR...

  34. June 16, 2010

    Google eyes Demand Media’s way with words

    Last week, Richard Rosenblatt, chief executive of Demand Media, basked in the spotlight as digital media cognoscenti and...

  35. May 7, 2010

    Ford’s Model T set the global trend

    From Mr Evan Wilner. Sir, The Model T was Ford’s “first global car”, not the forthcoming Fiesta (“Smaller vehicles take...

  36. April 12, 2010

    The wheel 2.0, without the romance

    If you thought internet and wireless communications had run out of areas to transform, you are wrong: your car will be next....

  37. March 29, 2010

    Premium car deal fills a hole at Geely

    Successful cross-border vehicle company mergers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. When one famous car brand buys...

  38. March 28, 2010

    Premium car deal fills a hole at Geely

    Successful cross-border vehicle company mergers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. When one famous car brand buys...

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