Taylor’s Theory of Scientific Management and the Implications for Contemporary Management Practice

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GRIN Verlag, Jun 16, 2010 - Business & Economics - 5 pages
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Essay from the year 2010 in the subject Business economics - Business Management, Corporate Governance, grade: 2.0, University of Newcastle, course: Managing the Organisation, language: English, abstract: When Frederick Winslow Taylor established his theory of Scientific Management in the late nineteenth century, its system promised a revolution of the labor market. Business was received and successfully transferred of many immediately, especially in the automotive industry by Ford at the beginning of the 20th century. In the second half of this century however it became increasingly criticised by Taylorism, due to it lacking flexibility and inhumanity. Thereupon more modern operational rationalisation methods were developed, that wanted to drop themselves of Taylorism. Nevertheless the essay will show that academic and managerial interests in scientific management have not declined since Taylor proposed them. This may attest a kind of reference for him being one of the foundation fathers of management studies (Roper, 1999).

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