What the shoe foreman thinks of management
Cartier, Arthur T.
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This study or survey was made in the interest of intra-industry relations in the shoe industry by a few individuals who feel that the position of the foreman has changed so drastically that much of his authority has been usurped. The problem presented itself when the question of profits was brought to the attention of the writer. This particular sentence stimulated the thinking behind this survey: "PROFITS ARE OFTEN DETERMINED BY CONDITIONS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF MANAGEMENT." In the shoe industry, much of the profit can be eaten away by unwise factory procedures. The individual who is most responsible for this is the foreman. On his shoulders rests the final decision as to the time, material, and other factors that determine the cost of a pair of shoes. If the factory has committed itself to the certain price range, and the foreman cannot meet this, then in short order, the factory is out of business. Profits in the shoe industry are really marginal.
Thesis (M.S.)--Boston University