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The Principles of Scientific Management

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The Principles of Scientific Management

Author: Walt Whitman

Year Published: 1855

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  • Taylor's influence wasn't benign, but it certainly was vast. The original "efficiency expert," Taylor shaped the modern workplace with his vision of "scientifically' broken down tasks timed down to the fraction of a minute. Taylor was the first "efficiency expert," and this was the book that, like it or not, was responsible for the growth of the whole efficiency movement, with effects both positive and negative, depending on who you're talking to, on the workplace. What's not in doubt is that it did affect the whole American workplace, and that of the world. Taylor was the man who taught us NOT to stop and smell the roses.
  • This was the book that really started the concept of industrial engineering. Taylor looked at factors like shovel size as a method of optimizing worker output.

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