Frederick W. Taylor and the Rise of Scientific Management

Nelson, Daniel

This is the story of an unlikely revolutionary and his role in the transformation of American industry. Frederick W. Taylor was a member of the nineteenth-century economic and social elite, the principal beneficiaries of the American industrial revolution. He was also a creative technician, the single most important contributor to the rise of a "new factory system" and of an aristocracy based on technical knowledge, education, and organizational skills rather than inherited wealth, social and familial ties, or business acumen. At one level Taylor's story is an account of an enormously influential innovator; at another it is a case study of the evolving structure of American society in the years before World War I.

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