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1/31/08 Evolution of management theory: o The task idea – every job broken up by management by task o incentive wages – pay employees based on productivity rather than timed wages great way to improve productivity but only applies to jobs where productivity can be gauged. Unskilled jobs are harder to gauge productivity. o time study - measure tasks in time o planning department – required to plan and keep all records o function foremanship – each task needs its own supervisor o The experiments – Midvale steel experiment in Penn. By threatening wages he was able to double productivity Bethlehem steel 1898 – unskilled job involving loading pig iron into trains Workers able to move 12.5 tons per day By offering more money in exchange for absolute authority, taylor was able to increase the loading of pig iron to 47 tons. Before After Pig iron tons per day 12.5 47.5 Daily wage 1.15 1.85 Labor per ton 0.092 cents 0.039 cents o The Easter rate case o The congressional investigation
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