The Fight Against Taylorism in Europe
Strategies, Achievements in Job Design and Technology, Setbacks, Obstacles, Chances for Upgrading Work
Taylorism (keeping conception and execution apart ) is a persistent, underlying principle of many organizations. Many have pointed to drawbacks in terms of flexibility, capacity for innovation, quality, cost and employee wellbeing. There is a countermovement, particularly in North-West Europe where managers and employee representatives, aided by consultants and researchers, pursue viable alternatives. The Fight Against Taylorism analyzes 150 cases of anti-Taylorist initiatives in Scandinavia, the UK and the Netherlands. A conclusion: it is possible, with monumental effort and ingenuity, to achieve real change in the workplace. However a notable proportion of organizations, even those now known as successful innovators, later regressed to a more Tayloristic manner of working. This book explores various explanations, seeks to draw out the practical lessons.
Pruijt, H.D. (1996, September 19). The Fight Against Taylorism in Europe. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/93588