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Principles of Scientific Management, The

In 1911, Frederick Winslow Taylor published the book The Principles of Scientific Management when he was a U.S. engineer and management consultant. It focuses on how to apply the principles of scientific management to achieve maximum productivity and prosperity. Taylor argued that scientific management can achieve its results if there is close cooperation between the management and the workmen. It is a seminal book for the era of scientific management and modern management.

Summary of the Book

At the beginning of this book, Taylor writes—citing President Theodore Roosevelt—that “the conservation of our national resources is only preliminary to the larger question of national efficiency.” Taylor argues that management should focus on saving human effort by training, rather than finding the “right man.” Taylor believed that saving human ...

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