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

Smith, Ian George and Boyns, Trevor ORCID: 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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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: 21 Oct 2022 10:50

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