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Frederick Winslow Taylor is a controversial figure in management history. His innovations in industrial engineering, particularly in time and motion studies, paid off in dramatic improvements in productivity. At the same time, he has been credited with destroying the soul of work, of dehumanizing factories, making men into automatons. What is Taylor's real legacy? I'm not sure that management historians will ever agree. But the following article is quite interesting, and Taylor's keystone book, The Principles of Scientific Management is now available from Engineering and Management Press, at phone numbers: +1.800.494.0460, or +1.770.449.0460.
What follows is a copy of part of a senior essay, written by Vincenzo Sandrone during the course of his studies at the University of Technology in Sydney. We reprint it here with his permission. Copyright 1997.
Source for quotes is:
Taylor, Frederick W., 1964, Scientific Management - Comprising Shop Management, The principles of Scientific Management and Testimony before the Special House Committee, Harper and Row
Note: All the quotes are from 'Scientific Management' This needs to be highlighted, since the edition restarted page numbers for each separate section. That is, page numbers are not unique.
F. W. Taylor & Scientific Management by Vincenzo Sandrone
Under Taylor's management system, factories are managed through scientific methods rather than by use of the empirical "rule of thumb" so widely prevalent in the days of the late nineteenth century when F. W. Taylor devised his system and published "Scientific Management" in 1911.
The main elements of the Scientific Management... [continues]
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