HerbertHoover had a history of instigating positive change in whicheverauthority he took up before joining the Department of Commerce as itsSecretary. When he joined the Department of Commerce, the departmentwas in a terrible state due to the effects of war and the greatdepression on the economy of America. He noted all the negativeaspects that were hindering economic growth such as rapid populationgrowth and poor transport system. His approach to resolving thiscrisis was to use government power to aid and improve individualenterprises. Thus, he incorporated his sense of corporate liberalismand managerial statism as a strategy to uphold capitalism. His majorstrategy was thus to support private enterprise and increasecooperation between the government and the corporate world.
Hooverreorganized several aspects in the Department while secretary. He hadsecured the authority to exercise freehand in economic affairs priorto his appointment as Secretary. He used this authority to create newdivisions in the department whose role was to handle aeronautics,radio, and housing issues. For instance, housing construction grewexplosively under Hoover. The establishment of the Railway LaborMediation Board is also credited to Hoover’s reorganization of theDepartment of Commerce. He also instigated the expansion of theCensus Bureau such that the Bureau could act as an informationalhaven for entrepreneurs. Hoover contributed to the expansion ofscientific expansion by raising over one million dollars for thesector. The transport sector also benefitted from Hoover’sreorganization since he insisted on observing safety rules inairports and in the streets to prevent unnecessary delays andaccidents. In the manufacturing industry, Hoover increasedproductivity by instigating low production costs and standardizationof products as a strategy to increase employment opportunities andboost the growth of the industry.