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Report of a lecture by and questions put to Mr F.W. Taylor a transcript

Report of a lecture by and questions put to Mr F.W. Taylor a transcript Provides transcript of Frederick W. Taylor′s 1907 lecture on his “task” system of management. Sets out to show its advantages over traditional personal initiative styles, suggesting that managers should not allow employees to think for themselves but make sure they simply carry out tasks as instructed. Demonstrates this by using as an example pig‐iron handlers at Bethlehem Steel Company. Relates how he established scientific principles to ascertain the maximum load a man could carry and the optimum wage. Instead of asking if workers felt able to move heavier loads, by telling them he only employed “high‐priced men”, he found plenty of willing employees. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management History (Archive) Emerald Publishing

Report of a lecture by and questions put to Mr F.W. Taylor a transcript

Journal of Management History (Archive) , Volume 1 (1): 25 – Mar 1, 1995

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Emerald Publishing
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1355-252X
DOI
10.1108/13552529510082804
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Abstract

Provides transcript of Frederick W. Taylor′s 1907 lecture on his “task” system of management. Sets out to show its advantages over traditional personal initiative styles, suggesting that managers should not allow employees to think for themselves but make sure they simply carry out tasks as instructed. Demonstrates this by using as an example pig‐iron handlers at Bethlehem Steel Company. Relates how he established scientific principles to ascertain the maximum load a man could carry and the optimum wage. Instead of asking if workers felt able to move heavier loads, by telling them he only employed “high‐priced men”, he found plenty of willing employees.

Journal

Journal of Management History (Archive)Emerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1995

Keywords: Management styles; Scientific management; Taylorism

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