Historical introduction

Kravcenko, Dmitrijs (2018) Historical introduction. In: Taylor, F W (ed.) The Principles of Scientific Management. Walnut Publishing House, London, pp. 4-16. ISBN 9781980780670

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New historical introduction that links the work with the trends in the digital economy and algorithmic management. Critical outline of core principles and assumptions on which this work is based. Essential links between the founding principles of management and the future of work. The Principles of Scientific Management is a tremendously important book, the essence of which has had irreversible impact on the way we think about organised labour and management today. It is a product of many years of experimentation, uncertainty and hard work, fused with thoroughly modernist ideals of a pedantic mind. This book is a culmination of Frederick Winslow Taylor’s career as, perhaps, the most famous management consultant. It stands on the shoulders of his previous examinations of the wage system and the operational characteristics of machine tools. In it, he recounts the four principles of scientific management, compares them to what he considers the most developed form of non-scientific management, and gives a number of examples and anecdotes to illustrate how the former is superior to the latter in every way and circumstance.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: management, history, taylorism
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations > HM0786 Organisational sociology. Organisational theory
Depositing User: Dmitrijs Kravcenko
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 08:17
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 14:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75976
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