A Mental Revolution: Scientific Management since Taylor

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"A Mental Revolution includes eight original essays that analyze how the scientific management principles developed by legendary engineer Frederick W. Taylor have evolved and been applied since his death in 1915." "Taylor believed that a business or any other complex organization would operate more effectively if its practices were subjected to rigorous scientific study. His classic Principles of Scientific Management spread his ideas for organization, planning, and employee motivation throughout the industrialized world. But scientific
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"A Mental Revolution includes eight original essays that analyze how the scientific management principles developed by legendary engineer Frederick W. Taylor have evolved and been applied since his death in 1915." "Taylor believed that a business or any other complex organization would operate more effectively if its practices were subjected to rigorous scientific study. His classic Principles of Scientific Management spread his ideas for organization, planning, and employee motivation throughout the industrialized world. But scientific management, because it required, in Taylor's words, "a complete mental revolution," was highly disruptive, and Taylor's famous time-motion studies, especially when applied piecemeal by many employers who did not adopt the entire system, helped make the movement enormously unpopular with the organized labor movement. Though its direct influence diminished by the 1930s, Taylorism has remained a force in American business and industry up to the present time." "The essays in this volume discuss some of the important people and organizations involved with Taylorism throughout this century, including Richard Feiss and Mary Barnett Gilson at Joseph & Feiss, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, and Mary Van Kleeck, and explore the influence of scientific management at the Bedaux Company, the Link-Belt Company, and Du Pont. Chapters on the Taylor movement's influence on university business education and on Peter Drucker's theories round out the collection." Written by some of the finest scholars of the scientific management movement, A Mental Revolution provides a balanced and comprehensive view of its principles, evolution, and influence on business, labor,management, and education.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Scientific Management in Retrospect Daniel Nelson Nelson, Daniel 5

2 Richard A. Feiss, Mary Barnett Gilson, and Scientific Management at Joseph & Feiss, 1909-1925 David J. Goldberg Goldberg, David J. 40

3 Frank and Lillian Gilbreth and the Motion Study Controversy, 1907-1930 Brian Price Price, Brian 58

4 Scientific Management and the Transformation of University Business Education Daniel Nelson Nelson, Daniel 77

5 Mary Van Kleeck and Scientific Management Guy Alchon Alchon, Guy 102

6 Organized Production and Unorganized Labor: Management Strategy and Labor Activism at the Link-Belt Company 1900-1940 Kathy Burgess Burgess, Kathy 130

7 The Diffusion of Scientific Management: The Bedaux Company in America and Britain, 1926-1945 Steven Kreis Kreis, Steven 156

8 Scientific Management and Industrial Engineering at Du Pont John C. Rumm Rumm, John C. 175

9 Peter Drucker, MBO, and the Corporatist Critique of Scientific Management Stephen P. Waring Waring, Stephen P. 205

Epilogue 237

Notes on Contributors 241

Index 243

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