Taylorism Transformed: Scientific Management Theory Since 1945

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University of North Carolina Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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This intellectual history interprets recent American business management ideas as political theory, describing their underlying assumptions about power and value. According to Stephen Waring, most business management theory descends from either Frederick Taylor's 'bureaucratic' theory of scientific management or Elton Mayo's 'corporatist' idea of human relations. Waring discusses the subsequent evolution of several management theories and techniques, including organization theory, computer simulation, management by objectives, sensitivity training, job enrichment, and innovations usually attributed to the Japanese, such as quality control circles.

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Fredrick Taylor is often associated with scientific management, and this intellectual history of modern management theory traces the two sides of Taylorism (power and value) and its effect on modern ... Read full review

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Stephen P. Waring is assistant professor of history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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