Author examines culture of indigenous UK manufacturing

John Fenton analyzes motor industry trends to help explain the erosion of indigenous manufacturing in mature economies worldwide

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“Many people in the UK and other mature economies are bewildered by the erosion of indigenous manufacturing that has taken place since the 1980s, and even before,” Fenton writes.

Suffolk, England (PRWEB) October 07, 2012

Author John Fenton sets out to show readers how a revival of manufacturing industry is crucial to counteract unemployment in his nonfiction treatise, “New Ways for Indigenous Manufacturing: How Research Revelations have Defined a Future Path” (published by AuthorHouse).

“Many people in the UK and other mature economies are bewildered by the erosion of indigenous manufacturing that has taken place since the 1980s, and even before,” Fenton writes. “While several economists have examined the situation in considerable detail to reveal the economic causes for the decline, not so much study has been made of the underlying cultural causes at both national and corporate level.”

“New Ways for Indigenous Manufacturing” uses a case study of the UK indigenous motor industry to point out the key reasons in the decline of indigenous manufacturing. The cultural critiques employed by Fenton have rarely been used to study the decline of a single manufacturer, a successor to many separate firms.

Four chapters examine manufacturing during and after the Industrial Revolution to emphasize the long-term effects of inborn cultures, and the final chapter suggests ways of changing cultures to revitalize manufacturing.

About the Author
John Fenton was recruited into General Motors’ first graduate training scheme at its UK Vauxhall subsidiary. After design office experience with the company, he moved on to automotive consultants ERA to work as a development engineer on a far-reaching vehicle-prototype project for BMC. Later he gained an M.Sc. for research work on commercial-vehicle structures at The College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. From then until his retirement, Fenton was involved with the only UK specialist technological-industry magazine circulating within the motor-vehicle industry, Automotive Design Engineering, later becoming Automotive Engineer, both of which he edited. This 34-year period was punctuated by brief periods of polytechnic teaching, and as product affairs manager for the publicity departments of BL’s truck, bus and special-products divisions, both of which provided insight into industrial and educational affairs. After retirement, he attended a two-year “Access to the Humanities” course at Suffolk College, followed by a three-year humanities course at the Open University to gain his bachelor’s degree in preparation for a five-year research period at Birkbeck, University of London, from which this book has become the eventual outcome

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