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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.
I am not writing about the quality of Taylor's thinking as it was clearly short-sighted in many ways. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nina
Must have for every industrial engineer, process engineer, mfg. professional, shop floor staff, IT and senior management alike. recommend highlyPublished 11 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 19 months ago by Daniel H. Wilson
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
"The most important object of both the workman and the management should be the training and development of each individual in the establishment, so that he can do (at his fastest... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by John Gibbs
I have read this book with interest, I have read several reviews. I learned a lot from this book. Just think, he wrote this in the early 1900's and had such a grasp to how... Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by Bert
Oftentimes great authors of the past are brought up and (mis)used to demonstrate or contrast specific theories and points of view. Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by Alfredo Angrisani
This book (paper actually) is heavily referenced by management professors as well as by organizational efficiency consultants and other similar professions. Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by R. Bailin
I am neither a scholar nor a student required to read Taylor. Instead, I am an IT consultant and MBA who wanted to go back and fill in some of my literature gaps. Read morePublished on September 26, 2009 by David B McDonald