How the Strategic Development of Industry Helped Win WWII

Increasing ROI Through the Strategic Development of the Organization

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On September 1, 1939, the Nazi threat turned to aggression and 1.5 million German troops, six panzer and four motorized divisions, and 1600 state-of-the-art aircraft swarmed into Poland.

At that time America, watching from across the Atlantic, realized that the German industrial complex was producing 4,000 aircraft per month. The United States production of aircraft was only 3,500… per year!

In a bold stroke of Presidential leadership, President Roosevelt announced a national goal of 50,000 aircraft per year, a quota which seemed impossible at the time, considering that only 46,000 planes had been produced in total in the two decades following the end of World War I. By the end of the war the U.S. aircraft industry was producing 8,000 airplanes per month!

Dramatic production improvement like that never happens by accident. In fact, the Harvard Business School set up a crash course called the War Training Program to facilitate…

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