Scientific management and the pursuit of control in Britain to c.1960
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.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Publication date: 2005-07-01