Scientific Management


The concept explains how scientific management principles can improve productivity and have a substantial impact on industry through real life business evidence. It also describes some of the benefits of effective scientific management and assesses some of its limitations.

Technique Overview

Scientific Management Definition

Scientific Management is an approach to designing jobs and supervising workers which emphasises the division of labour, the removal of worker discretion and the right of management to make what changes it thinks are necessary for efficient working (Burnes, 2009).

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  • Arthur, D. (2008) Performance Appraisals: Strategies for Success, American Management Association.
  • Bain, P., Watson, A., Mulvey, G., Taylor, P. and Gall, G. (2001) Taylorism, Targets and the Quantity-Quality Dichotomy in Call Centres. Paper presented at the 19th International Labour Process Conference, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 26-28 March.
  • BBC (2010) China's factories hit by wave of strikes, available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/10434079
  • Burnes, B. (2009) Managing Change. (5th Ed.) Pearson Education, Essex, UK.

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