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The Ties that Bind: Social Capital and Human Performance

Saturday, July 16, 2005

In 1941, as America entered WWII, the need was critical to massively expand the merchant marine fleet--the mainstay of which was the all-welded Liberty cargo ship. During the next four years, 16 shipyards delivered 2,580 ships--the largest production run ever for a single ship. What's even more amazing is how the efficiency of these shipyard teams continued to increase at over a 40 percent rate each of those years. For example, at the Calship shipyard, the first Liberty ship took 1.73 millio

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