Definition of scientific management in US English:

scientific management


  • Management of a business, industry, or economy, according to principles of efficiency derived from experiments in methods of work and production, especially from time-and-motion studies.

    • ‘In actuality, norm-based accounting was first employed in the early 1900s when standard costing and other scientific management principles became socially acceptable.’
    • ‘It can be argued with some plausibility that British managers never undertook thorough programmes of scientific management on the American pattern.’
    • ‘Pointing out the frequent institutional failures of conventional scientific management and recognizing the institutional and knowledge resources of local people, they called for adaptive management.’
    • ‘As stated above, most of the work on charts of accounts was explicitly linked with principles of scientific management.’
    • ‘By the twentieth century, Frederic Winslow Taylor codified some of the principles of this quest in the private sector under the rubric of scientific management.’
    • ‘These connections allowed a broad dissemination not only of principles but especially the application of the methods of scientific management.’
    • ‘This paper links the charts proposed in Belgium with attempts to develop unified accounting and costing methods and efforts to introduce principles of scientific management around the end of the Second World War.’
    • ‘Workplace responsibilities and employees' behavior were controlled through careful supervision, strict rules of conduct, and contemporary forms of scientific management.’
    • ‘Another paper describes in general terms how labour organizations confronted the pressures created by scientific management and the mass production of consumer goods.’
    • ‘Before considering the use of the stop watch, always mentioned when reference is made to scientific management, the precision of the gauges and similar instruments was a condition of interchangeability of components.’
    • ‘First, scientific management transforms welfare capitalism into personnel management programs to supervise workers.’
    • ‘She has published on the history of scientific management, the Eveleigh railway workshops and industrial heritage.’
    • ‘This is a traditional method of operation and shows little evidence of scientific management or management control.’
    • ‘The impact of scientific management on industry is harder to assess.’
    • ‘The third generation requires the clear separation of context, narrative and content management and challenges the orthodoxy of scientific management.’
    • ‘In effect, scientific management seeks to centralize control over the actual execution of productive processes in the hands of management while stripping the workers of their independent decision-making.’
    • ‘It is a widespread illusion that the efficiency of government bureaus could be improved by management engineers and their methods of scientific management.’
    • ‘As a result, engineering firms slowly abandoned apprentice programs and began exploring scientific management as the tool to sustain their shop-floor control and productive vitality.’
    • ‘Many accounting historians have advanced the argument that Taylorism and scientific management were not merely theoretical successes at the turn of the 20th century, but practical successes as well.’
    • ‘He developed the initial system that met the needs of government and also incorporated some of the principles espoused by the scientific management school and utilised by private sector commercial operations in North America.’