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Fredrick Taylor the father of scientific management He had a firm belief in one best way Samson Daft 2003 of doing something In the year 1899 Taylor held an experiment that involved German and Hungarian men whose job involved some very heavy-duty work Gabor 2000 To his disappointment men either refused to work or wouldnt work to his expectations The men hated him utterly to the extent he required security when going home Gabor 2000 In his entire dilemma with his employers in stepped Schmidt a man not of intelligence but had the strength of a bull and an ox-like mentally required to reach the standards of Fredrick Taylor The story of Schmidt reflected 2 two significant aspects of Taylorism Gabor 2000 Firstly it reflected his aggressive personality which included his high expectation in people hence his drive to keep on improving Secondly it reflected how he did not understand nor respect the limits of a human being revealed in his strict and precise managerial style Scholars of all times seem to criticise this aspect of Taylorism but despite its deficiency scientific management soared into the 20th century and remains relevant to todays organisations Scientific management has its shortcomings and in some instances not relevant in todays organisations Its relevance to todays organisations is simply the fact that it worked and continues to today The system had a strict and clear-cut methodical approach That was because of Taylors firm belief that there was one best way His view of the managements role was to decide exactly how a task was to be performed and that they were to determine how this would be done Crainer 1999 His idea of finding the one best way was the use of a stopwatch and timing the process of doing a task Further more tasks would be broken up into smaller processes timed and done repetitively until the fastest way of performing that specific task would be
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