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The Principles of Scientific Management

The Principles of Scientific Management

Author: Frederick Winslow Taylor

Year Published: 1911

Description: Widely considered a seminal text of modern organizational theory and managerial technique, the monograph The Principles of Scientific Management described the application of meticulous scientific observation to a variety of manual labor practices in order to devise more efficient ways of working — a strategy that represented a very new way of thinking in the early 20th century. It is widely noted as having helped shape the modern factory and management practices in the industrial age, as well as contributed to management's emergence as an academic field of study.

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