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Scientific management and the pursuit of control in Britain to c.1960

Smith, Ian George and Boyns, Trevor 2005. Scientific management and the pursuit of control in Britain to c.1960. Accounting Business & Financial History 15 (2) , pp. 187-216. 10.1080/09585200500121249

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Abstract

The intellectual content and intentions of scientific management theories, aimed at industrial performance and harmony, were largely absent from British management practice for a great part of the last century. The limited interpretation of scientific management in Britain was characterised by a focus on control, at the heart of which was the use of piecework. Criticisms of piecework surfaced notably in the 1960s, linked to criticisms of scientific management as a whole. This article argues that any failure of piecework was not necessarily a failure of scientific management, given the latter's diluted role in twentieth century British management practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scientific management; piecework; control; Britain
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0958-5206
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/41478

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