Scientific management, the ILO, and the evolution of management theory

Chris Nyland, Kyle Bruce

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The conventional understanding of scientific management and why it ceased to be the primary school of thought within the field of management theory has been problematized in recent decades. This paper builds on this process by documenting how the scientific managers sought to build a science of management not limited by managerial opportunism and strove to diffuse their ideas by building an alliance with the International Labor Organization, a body whose core purpose was to promote pluralistic and deliberative management practices and ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting proceedings
Place of PublicationBoston, Massachusetts
PublisherAcademy of Management (AoM)
Number of pages47
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting (72nd : 2012) - Boston, United States
Duration: 3 Aug 20127 Aug 2012


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting (72nd : 2012)
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Scientific Management
  • ILO
  • Taylor Society


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