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Fascinating facts about Frederick Winslow Taylor inventor of Scientific Management in 1894. Frederick Taylor
Inventor: Frederick Winslow Taylor
Portrait of Frederick Winslow Taylor derived from public domain
Criteria: First to invent. Modern prototype.
Birth: March 20, 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Death: March 21, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality: American

Frederick Winslow Taylor, American industrial engineer, who originated scientific management in business. He was born in Germantown (now part of Philadelphia), Pennsylvania. In 1878, he began working at the Midvale Steel Company. He became foreman of the steel plant and applied himself to studies in the measurement of industrial productivity.  Taylor developed detailed systems intended to gain maximum efficiency from both workers and machines in the factory.  These systems relied on time and motion studies, which help determine the best methods for performing a task in the least amount of time.  In 1898 he became joint discoverer of the Taylor-White process, a method of tempering steel. Taylor served as consulting engineer for several companies. His management methods were published in The Principles of Scientific Management.


The Principles of Scientific Management
Frederick Winslow Taylor / Paperback: 76 pages / Dover Pubns (January 1998)
The basis of modern organization and decision theory, this influential essay has motivated administrators and students of managerial technique for more than 80 years. A ground-breaking, and still-inspiring work.
The One Best Way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency

Robert Kanigel / Paperback: 704 pages /  The MIT Press (March 1, 2005)
Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915) was the first efficiency expert, the original time-and-motion man -- the father of scientific management, the inventor of a system that became known, inevitably enough, as Taylorism.

Frederick W. Taylor: The Father of Scientific Management : Myth and Reality
Charles Wrege, Ronald Greenwood / Hardcover: 254 pages / Oxford University Press (March 1, 1998)
The great innovators of management and organization are here as well, including the founders of systematic management, Frederick W. Taylor and Frank and Lillian Gilbreth.

Frederick Winslow Taylor
Student paper by Mary Ellen Papesh.

A careful reading of Taylor's work will reveal that he placed the worker's interest as high as the employer's in his studies, and recognized the importance of the suggestion box, for example, in a machine shop.

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Scientific Management
The son of wealthy Pennsylvania Quakers spent his life studying the workplace, formulating landmark efficiency standards that are still relevant in business today. From PBS series Who Made America?

Frederick Winslow Taylor The Principles of Scientific Management
Student paper provided by Eric Eldred.
Frederick Taylor University
The University offers distance learning undergraduate and graduate degree programs in management and business administration.

Frederick Winslow Taylor Collection

In 1933, Stevens Institute of Technology held a Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the Graduation of Frederick Winslow Taylor.

Frederick W. Taylor: Master of Scientific Management
Frederick Winslow Taylor is a controversial figure in management history. His innovations in industrial engineering, particularly in time and motion studies, paid off in dramatic improvements in productivity.


"In tomorrows enterprise the knowledge worker will be freed to release creative energy that will result in an era of enormous innovation and discovery, fulfilling the potential and promise of the mind." - Frederick Winslow Taylor

Reference Sources in BOLD Type This page revised October 20, 2006.

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