Briefly Explain the Main Conclusions That Canbe Drawn from Taylors Theory of Scientific Management

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Essay – IRHR1001 Jeremy Buckley C3137793
1. Briefly explain the main conclusions that can be drawn from Taylor’s theory of Scientific Management and critically evaluate the implications for contemporary management practice

Scientific management is directly associated with organisational theory and is linked with improving labor productivity and the economic efficiency of businesses. Scientific management focuses on how to improve work procedures and practices. The principal object of management should be to secure the maximum prosperity for the employer, coupled with the maximum prosperity for each employee (Taylor 2003, p.123). The purpose of this essay is to explain the main conclusions that can be drawn from Taylor’s theory of
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128). Taylor’s thoughts on soldiering are “the greater part of the systematic soldiering, however, is done by the men with the deliberate object of keeping their employers ignorant of how fast work can be done” (Taylor 2003, p. 128). This comment from Taylor explains from his observations that workers choose to work to a standard that is acceptable by management but below what there total output could be as management are ignorant to the processes and work practices, due to not having much involvement or contact with the workmen, and workers are looking out for there best interests.
The fourth principle states there is an almost equal division of the work and the responsibility between the management and the work men. The management take over all work for which they are better fitted than the workmen, while in the past almost all of the work and the greater part of the responsibility were thrown upon the men (Freeman 1996, p. 35) This principle explains simply that the managers will handle the work that is relevant to them and the workmen will take care of their own type of work.

With the introduction of Scientific management, also known as task management, into the workforce in Taylors era there is no doubt there would have been resistance to change and critics with there opinions on the positives and negatives of Taylors theory. For a long time workmen carried out there tasks without the involvement and direct

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