scientific management

  

Definition

An early 20th century school of management thought concerned primarily with the physical efficiency of an individual worker.

Scientific management is based on the work of the US engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915) who in his 1911 book The Principles Of Scientific Management laid down the fundamental principles of large-scale manufacturing through assembly-line factories. It emphasizes rationalization and standardization of work through division of labor, time and motion studies, work measurement, and piece-rate wages. See also Taylorism.


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  • The main objective of scientific management is improving efficiency by increasing labor productivity.

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