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Taylorism Transcended

I believe that it's dangerous, and perhaps delusional, to insist upon the client changing as a precondition for encouraging change, especially paradigm change. All change seems to rest upon a more full, albeit temporary acceptance of the way things are. Taylor's concepts were (and in some ways still are) quite progressive. Like many 'improvements' before and since, Taylor's implementation might have fallen prey to an ancient principle which claims that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

His premise insisted that disciplined observation would yield improved understanding, an application of a basic scientific principle. He believed, as any progressive must, in the possibility for a vastly improved future. That he chose to 'drive' his method when he could not convince others (workers and executives) of its goodness, says more about his personal desperation than it does about the utility of his ideas. One could say that the manufacturing miracle Toyota claims arose from a deeper reading of Taylor rather than a shift further away. Slip over here for more ...


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