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If "scientific management" means that elite experts are isolated from outside influence and make decisions based solely on "science," we agree that such should be abandoned. However, we don't believe such a circumstance ever existed. Foresters strive to satisfy the objectives of their employers within the boundaries of law, economic rationality, and ecological feasibility. We doubt that many, if any, worship at the altar of the Church of Scientific Management -- or ever did.
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Document Type: Commentary

Affiliations: Associate Professor, School of Forestry, and director, Bolle Center for People and Forests, University of Montana, Missoula

Publication date: 1999-11-01

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