Despite Many Criticisms, and a Wealth of Newer Theories on the Topic of Managing People, Taylorism (I.E. Scientific Management) Is Alive and Well in the 21st Century.

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Despite many criticisms, and a wealth of newer theories on the topic of managing people, Taylorism (i.e. Scientific Management) is alive and well in the 21st century. The purpose of this essay is to show that Taylorism (Scientific Management) is still alive and well in the world today despite the many criticism and newer theories of management. The essay will be structured into four main headings. In the first section we will be looking and the definition if Taylorism and how Taylorism is implemented in the 21st century. In the second section we will look at the strengths and weaknesses Taylorism brings about when implemented to firms. When talking about Taylor we cannot miss out on mentioning his two cents in motivation, we would be…show more content…
This is very useful in most mass producing firms in the world today. An example of this would be the car industry mentioned in the first section. One of the first People to adapt this was henry Ford of the Ford motoring company. However the theories weren’t used exactly as Taylor prescribed it. Task was simplified and workers were deskilled. Workers did not like the new rules that came along with this change. This was not only workers but managers as well, as the text book states “Fords obsession with control brought him into greater and greater conflict with his managers, who often were fired when they disagreed with him” (Waddell, Jones & George year, p.43). Taylorism is largely being used today in the global fast food giant McDonalds. When putting a burger together each part of it is done by a different set of people, this way more can be put together in a shorter period of time. The foods that can be ordered by customers are off of a set menu where there is little or no room for special requests by customers. If it wasn’t so it would disrupt the assembly process. In today’s world the demand for fast food is growing because most people don’t have the time to cook their meals. People would rather spend a reasonable amount of money at a fast food outlet than go through the trouble of cooking the meals by themselves. Since the demand is ever growing fast food manufacturers have to constantly keep coming up with new ways of coping with it.

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