By Harlow S. Person, Consultant in Business Economics and Management, New York; formerly President and Managing Director of the Taylor Society, New York.
IT IS a matter of significance that continuing demand for explanations of Scientific Management in Taylor's own words, earlier printings of which have for several years been unavailable, should induce the publishers to offer a new printing. It is of even greater significance that the publishers have decided to include under one cover "Shop Management, " "The Principles of Scientific Management, " and Taylor's testimony at "Hearings Before Social Committee of the House of Representatives to Investigate the Taylor and Other Systems of Shop Management." Prepared at different times for different audiences and under circumstances that inspired different emphases, a study of all three is essential to one who seeks understanding of the dominant force that has guided the development of twentieth century management.
Taylor's papers might well be classified as "occa-sional papers." He was in temperament, training and experience an engineer-executive, a doer. He was not interested in writing for its own sake, and, although he wrote painstakingly, he found the proc-