Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution

Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution

Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution

Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution

Synopsis

Management is a powerful mode of thought and code of conduct in the modern world, closely associated with the American way and a natural extension of economic progress. This is a book about the history of management and the origin of managerial rationality in the United States.

Excerpt

The Spirit of Management
We've done with the days of 'hit or miss'
When we blundered along in careless bliss,
In frantic hurry and foolish haste
With useless labor and senseless waste;
We've done with the days of 'more or less'
When we worked by chance and we planned by guess
For we've learned there's more to a workmans' job
Than putting him down where the shop athrob,
With lathes and presses in vast array,
And letting him blindly feel his way!

For now we study and now we plan
The work and effort of every man,
The reason 'Why' and the manner 'How,'
To lessen the sweat of his back and brow,
Relieve his muscles of stress and strain
And lighten the task of his harried brain;
To give him leisure for rest and fun
While swelling the sum of the work that's done!

We must show the Worker the work to do,
The Way to do it, until he KNOWS;
We must give him the mighty spirit, too,
By which the World in its wonder grows;
For the Spirit of Modern Progress comes
From men with bodies and minds kept strong . . .
And it's our concern in a selfish light
For men work best when they're full fit,
With minds untroubled and calm eyes bright,
And bodily vigor and clear, keen wit!

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