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For more than 80 years, this influential work by Frederick Winslow Taylor—the pioneer of scientific management studies—has inspired administrators and students of managerial techniques to adopt productivity-increasing procedures. Indeed, this book laid the groundwork for modern organization and decision theory.
As an engineer for a steel company, Taylor made careful experiments to determine the best way of performing each operation and the amount of time it required, analyzing the materials, tools, and work sequence, and establishing a clear division of labor between management and workers. His experiments resulted in the formulation of the principles expounded in this remarkable essay, first published in 1911.
Taylor advocated a scientific management system that develops leaders by organizing workers for efficient cooperation, rather than curtailing inefficiency by searching for exceptional leaders someone else has trained. The whole system rests upon a foundation of clearly defined laws and rules. Moreover, the fundamental principles of scientific management apply to all kinds of human activities, from the simplest individual acts to the most elaborate cooperative efforts of mighty corporations. Correct application of these principles, according to Taylor, will yield truly astonishing results.
Unabridged Dover (1998) republication of the work published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1911.
Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856–1915), widely known as F. W. Taylor, was an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency. He is regarded as the father of scientific management and was one of the first management consultants. Taylor was one of the intellectual leaders of the Efficiency Movement and his ideas, broadly conceived, were highly influential in the Progressive Era. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Another lunatic who made us nothing but "robots".
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I am not writing about the quality of Taylor's thinking as it was clearly short-sighted in many ways. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nina
Must have for every industrial engineer, process engineer, mfg. professional, shop floor staff, IT and senior management alike. recommend highlyPublished 20 months ago by feroz lambe
Why learn the hard way.....a must for everyone in management. A guide to not over managing. Get it for the young people in your family.Published on April 30, 2013 by KerrDinkle
First printed in 1911 this book is a must read for engineers with an interest in the origins of modern, specialized production methods. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Nevan Hanumara