Somebody who doesn’t like management gurus

… in the Times at

Incidentally I have seen a counter-argument to the point made about Frederick Taylor in the 7th paragraph – that by being clear about the time needed to perform every simple task at work, he was actually protecting workers from exploitation by unscrupulous employers


One Response to “Somebody who doesn’t like management gurus”

  1. David Barry Says:

    Taylorism can take on a different meaning if the context in which it is being used changes. Almost always Taylorism is based on a profund power relation itself based on Taylor original dividing of the workforce into planners, who therefore have to be able to think and doers whose job is to implement the plans and NOT THINK FOR THEMSELVES. However I once came across a workers cooperative, which was based on the principle that all the members were equal and paid the same wage, and which used Taylorism to ensure that all the jobs were designed so that anyone in the coop could do them and rotated the membership through all the roles. So although there were specialised jobs, everyone took a turn at doing everything. And all decision making was collective so there was no seperate “managerial class”. All were, in Taylor’s terms managers, and all were workers. The coop was certainly financially successful for a number of year; I have lost contact with it now.

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