New Ideals in Business, an Account of Their Practice and Their Effects upon Men and Profits

New Ideals in Business, an Account of Their Practice and Their Effects upon Men and Profits

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New Ideals in Business, an Account of Their Practice and Their Effects upon Men and Profits

New Ideals in Business, an Account of Their Practice and Their Effects upon Men and Profits

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This book had its starting point in two earlier pieces of work, one a study of a typical American trust -- the Standard Oil Company, the other a study of the workings of the protective tariff since the Civil War. Both took me far and wide as an observer in the industrial field. Although my observations in neither case included the relations between management and men in the various plants I visited, I found my attention constantly veering to them, largely because they were often in sharp contrast to those which I had reason to believe were fairly general in this country.

The wider my observation of our working life extended, the more I was impressed that there were forces at work which, properly developed, were bound to overcome many, if not all, of the industrial evils with which we have become so familiar.

Some four years ago the then editor of The American Magazine encouraged me to undertake special and careful observation to corroborate my impression. In carrying out his idea, I visited scores of industrial centres, sometimes alone, sometimes under guidance. I talked with hundreds of men and women; president and directors of companies; superintendents; foremen; consulting engineers; safety . . .

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