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The Principles of Scientific Management by [Taylor, Frederick Winslow]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but good reading 27 June 2015
By Fábio de Salles - Published on
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A must read! Although dated in its practices (and with the characteristic convoluted English of those days), this book is the very inception of our modern managament stance. I've heard about those ideas from high school History teachers, whose always tend to be on the left side. For some misterious reason, they usually hit Taylor way too heavy when all he has proposed was to make better use of each individual prowess to everybody's benefit. Probable because of placing so much emphasis on the indivual aspect of work wheras leftist always like to think of people as meat robots - all alike. Anyway, I should have read it before. On two side notes, Taylor looks like having invented Business Intelligence and reported one of the first Data Mining cases.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taylor: More Respectful to Workers than I Expected 17 May 2009
By Stephen Weinberg - Published on
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Let's face it; if you're thinking about buying The Principles of Scientific Management, you don't need a review. You're either a scholar who's already quite familiar with Taylor and know why you want to read the original, or you're a student who's been assigned to read the book. I suppose an historian could offer a useful review of how this edition differs from other editions, but I can't do that.

I would, however, like to point out that the book is very readable, and that reading it gave me, for one, a much richer appreciation for the context in which Taylor was devising his theory, for the types of labor he was envisioning as applications. Most importantly, reading the original text surprised me with Taylor's thoughtfulness about his workers' well-being and how to convince them to accept Taylorist management. Taylor clearly had an intuitive grasp of worker psychology, which he did not formalize and which thus was not present in the brief summaries of Taylor I had learned.

So if you're one of the few people who is (a) interested in Taylor's work but (b) not sure it's worth the time to actually read Taylor, instead of simply relying on textbook summaries, I would like to urge you to pick it up. It's a quick read, and will add a great deal to the crude caricatures that I, at least, had learned.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read business book 27 September 2009
By David B McDonald - Published on
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I am neither a scholar nor a student required to read Taylor. Instead, I am an IT consultant and MBA who wanted to go back and fill in some of my literature gaps. I have read many books that refer to Taylor's Scientific Management in the context of time and motion studies, and outmoded commant-and-control management. Having now read the book, I am pleased at what a thoughtful and inciteful piece it really is.

It seems that Taylor is outlining the fundamentals of workflow management involving a large component of human labor. He includes concepts we might today refer to as actors, tasks, routings, measurement, feedback and enablers--all necessary ingredients to process design and optimization. His take on efficiency improvement also reads like the basis for lean manufacturing or operations. Pages 92-93 summarize the notion of time and motion studies.

I was also pleased with his key idea of integrating management with the frontline workers, for the purposes of coordinating, teaching, monitoring and assisting--something not done at the time. This concept appears time and again in business writings. In fact, in the last month I read similar ideas in James Champy's "Re-engineering Management" (1995) and McKinsey Quarterly's, "Unlocking the Potential of Frontline Managers" (Aug 2009). It's been 100 years, and Taylor is still holding up!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunting for productivity improvements 10 February 2011
By John Gibbs - Published on
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"The most important object of both the workman and the management should be the training and development of each individual in the establishment, so that he can do (at his fastest pace and with the maximum of efficiency) the highest class of work for which his natural abilities fit him," according to Frederick Taylor in this book. The book, first published almost 100 years ago, was a leading source of management theory in the first half of last century.

Those who have taken a class on management theory may have come away with the impression that Taylor's Scientific Management was superseded by McGregor's Theory X and Theory Y, with Theory X representing the superseded command-and-control Taylorism and Theory Y representing a more enlightened participative form of management. This caricature is far from the truth, although Taylor does display some amusing attitudes:

"The workman who is best suited to handline pig iron is unable to understand the real science of doing this class of work. He is so stupid that the word `percentage' has no meaning to him, and he must consequently be trained by a man more intelligent than himself into the habit of working in accordance with the laws of this science before he can be successful."

Although he called his principles "scientific management", Taylor does not seem to have been much of a scientist himself, relying on others to derive simple equations from his time-and-motion measurements. However, he did clearly identify a problem which continues to plague most workplaces today: most workers, either deliberately or inadvertently, work in a manner which is far below their productive potential; consequently, most businesses could be more successful, most employees could be paid more, and most countries could be wealthier, if only workers acted more efficiently.

The book was clearly written in a different time and culture, and the manual-labour-type examples that Taylor uses are less relevant now that most such jobs have been mechanised or exported. However, the challenge for management still remains: the hunt for productivity improvements which bring benefits for everybody and result in greater co-operation and improved relations between the labour force and management.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dotting the i's and crossing the t's 30 August 2010
By Alfredo Angrisani - Published on
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Oftentimes great authors of the past are brought up and (mis)used to demonstrate or contrast specific theories and points of view. I decided that this use of some great minds sounded simplistic and to have a fresh read of some major textbooks like The Principles of Scientific Management.

Barely 100 years have passed since the times of Frederick Taylor, but most key issues about the goal and the necessary conditions for prosperity were perfectly identified then, including the duties of the management in terms of social responsibility, of scientific construction of the production processes, and in scientific change management. All the subsequent years were used to find new and better answers to those same issues.

Some of Taylor's controversial answers are daughters of his time, and therefore they are generally despised today and tend to obscure the rest of his contributions, but the main idea that I got from the reading -beyond the hardness of such some answers that he offers, unacceptable by today's standards- is that of honesty, integrity and candor of the author.

This book was a nice surprise. Although Taylor would have never won a Nobel Prize for literature, the book -a paper, actually- is readable, simple and fresh. An excellent, candid, starting point to understand some of today's open issues in industry and society.

One criticism I have to the -otherwise excellent- edition: There is not a single word besides the pure paper. Not even the date and place of original publication. Some basic information about the original document, a short bio of the author and a minimum of historically-related facts to frame the context, or a related bibliography, would have added greatly to the book.

It is a shame to read the book and then having to go to other sources to check out what you have just read!

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