TITLE

'E' for Elsewhere or Ecstasy?

AUTHOR(S)
Beckford, John
PUB. DATE
April 2003
SOURCE
Management Services;Apr2003, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article was written in response to the "From Elsewhere" article published in the January 2003 issue of "Management Services," regarding organization specialists. About 100 years ago as truly large scale organizations began to emerge, thinkers such as Frederick Taylor (1911) and Frank and Lillian Gilbreth began to deal with the problems of labor efficiency-Scientific Management-while Fayol (1916) was working on the principles of Administrative Management and Weber (1923) introduced the concept of bureaucracy. The proposal for building an organization moves away from the abstract and untested theoretical school of design to an approach that may be best thought of as pragmatic and miserly-but piecemeal. Consulting interventions in large-scale, traditional organizations such as train operating companies, banks, distribution businesses, steelmakers, food producers, ferry companies and hospitals over a period of 20 years, reveal that, far from being badly organized as a direct result of the intervention of specialists, or even from the application of best practice derivatives emerging from academic regions, they are badly organized as a result of ill-considered piecemeal development.
ACCESSION #
11115961

 

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