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Chapter 22: Work Design: Still Going Strong
Work Design: Still Going Strong
The basic tenet of traditional industrial engineering is that a factory worker can be manipulated, through time and motion study procedures and other techniques, into enriching his company at the expense of himself. The truth is that a man on the job can outfox the company almost every time. Nobody is going to work faster or better if it means cutting his own throat …. People and their brains are the most precious resource we have in our shop … Our most valuable partners in cutting waste are the people on the production floor, who know their jobs better than anyone.
The above quotation comes from Clair Vough's (Vough and Asbell, 1975: 67) introduction to a book ...