Uniting management and education in pursuit of efficiency

F.W.Taylor's training reform legacy

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This historical case study demonstrates the importance of education to the diffusion of management ideas and strategies. The article explains how management and education came to be united in the pursuit of efficiency and how they came to use similar assessment techniques to ensure the achievement of this goal. Documenting F. W. Taylor's interest in education, it reveals how scientific management, as promoted by management 'gurus', consultants, managers, educational administrators and related professionals, came to influence the early twentieth century reform of education and training in both the USA and Australia. It shows how Taylor's methods, principles and philosophy were transformed into a scholastic program, and how this program was infused into the administration and content of teaching and learning offered in NSW schools, technical colleges, universities and adult education, with long-term implications for the training of managers, students and workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-156
Number of pages28
JournalEconomic and Labour Relations Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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