A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 02, 2015
“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog”

American author and organizational consultant Warren Bennis (1925-2014) said, as quoted in The Millionaire’s Book of Quotations (1991) by Mark Fisher:

“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”

The quotation has been frequently cited in business publications.


Wikiquote: Warren Bennis
Warren Gameliel Bennis (born March 8, 1925) is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author who is widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies.
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The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
. Warren G. Bennis; As cited in: Mark Fisher (1991) The millionaire’s book of quotations. p. 15

Google Books
Fast Forward:
How to Win a Lot More Business in a Lot Less Time

By Michael LeBoeuf
New York, NY: Putnam’s Sons
1993
Pg. 143:
According to author and professor Warren Bennis, “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. THe dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”

Google Books
The Employee Handbook of New Work Habits for a Radically Changing World:
13 Ground Rules for Job Success in the Information Wge

By Price Pritchett
Dallas, TX: Pritchett & Associates
1994
Pg. 31:
“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”—Warren Bennis, Author and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California

Google Books
Techno Vision:
The Executive’s Survival Guide to Understanding and Managing Information Technology

By Charles B. Wang
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
1994
Pg. 21:
The factory of the future will have only two employees: a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the computer.
WARREN G. BENNIS
American education and business writer, 1925-

Google Groups: sci.engr.manufacturing
The factory of the future
Ken Toews
4/17/96
“The factory of the future will have two employees: a man and a dog.
The man will be there to feed the dog.  The dog will be there to keep
the man from touching the equipment.” Report on Business, 10/03/1996

Storyhive (2015)
THE MAN AND THE DOG
LOGLINE
What is the factory of the future? What does the worker of the future do? And, what role does the dog play?
SYNOPSIS
Synopsis “The factory of the future will have only two employees: a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.” - Warren Bennis

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‏@MRCRANER
an old joke that the factory of the future will be so automated that it will have just 2 employees a guard dog and someone to feed it
8:51 AM - 1 Dec 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, December 02, 2015 • Permalink