Henry Ford

What If Henry Ford Ran Walmart?

Walmart employees across the country are picketing their employer right now, asking to be paid living wages and to be given decent health care coverage. But here's a surprise: History shows that if Walmart gave them those things, it could be great for its bottom line. Just ask Henry Ford.

Dear American Companies: Here's How to Fix the Economy

In 1914, a business executive named Henry Ford did a startling thing: He announced that he was going to more than double the wages he was paying his employees. The country was as shocked by this then as it would be today.

Ford vs. GM: The IPOs of a Changing America

While GM's IPO drew considerable investor excitement, it has also drawn attention to how much the auto industry has changed in the last few decades. Less than sixty years ago, on January 17, 1956, the Ford Motor Company had its own IPO -- the largest in history up to that time -- in an economy in which U.S. industrial might was the envy of the world and American cars represented the apex of the automotive pyramid.

Preview: Ford to Report Peppy Q4 Results

By all accounts, Ford Motor is on a roll, and analysts are hoping to see an upbeat fourth quarter when the automaker reports earnings on Thursday. Compared to other manufacturers, Ford is in an enviable position.

Portfolio's best and worst CEOs

Portfolio.com recently released its list of the world's 20 best and 20 worst CEOs. Taken as a pair, the lists say a lot about American business, but...