Managing on Her Own: Dr. Lillian Gilbreth and Women's Work in the Interwar Era

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Examine's the period in Gilbreth's life after her husband's death, when sex discrimination among manufacturers forced her to seek new outlets for her expertise. She ultimately became a gender mediator between businesses and American women. By the early 1930s she was a nationally recognized authority on homemaking, motherhood, and household consumption. For the next 40 years, she led a remarkable and diverse solo career, earning the title . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898061857
  • Publisher: Engineering & Management Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v
1 A Genius in the Art of Living 1
Lillian and Frank Gilbreth as Individuals 7
Political Dimensions of Gilbreth's Work 12
Assumptions to Avoid 22
2 Bringing the Human Element to Industrial Engineering 29
A Management Expert in the Making 33
Lillian Gilbreth's Psychology of Management 49
Developing Motion Study and Expanding the Family Business 64
3 Struggling On Her Own 85
Life after Frank 94
A New Line, A New Public Persona 105
4 Managing Women in the Department Store 109
Managerial Challenges at Macy's 114
Lillian Gilbreth and Eugenia Lies Form an Alliance 118
Economizing Motion in Repetitive Jobs 120
Psychologizing Work at Macy's 125
Engineering an Optimal Fit between Worker and Job 128
Improving Training at Three Levels 132
Making History without Making Money 138
5 Domesticating Scientific Management 143
Opening the Home to Scientific Management 147
Frank and Lillian's Interest in Household Efficiency 159
Writing and Speaking Her Way into the Home 167
Modeling Kitchen Efficiency 179
From Household Engineer to Consumption Mediator 194
6 Managing Women Consumers 197
The Growing Distinction between Work and Play 199
Psychology and the Making of Women Consumers 203
Gilbreth's Image of the Ideal Homemaker-Mother-Consumer 209
Lillian Gilbreth, the Woman's Viewpoint, and Early Marketing Research 216
Saving the Nation through Wise Spending 221
7 Negotiating Identity and Political Perspectives 233
Notes 245
References 261
Index 271
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