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Rizzo defames Taylor, Gilbreth’s work

Posted: October 23, 2009 10:00 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Mr. Rizzo's column ("Always in a hurry to speed things up," Oct. 14) would have you believe that the purpose of Scientific Management was to make people work harder and faster. In so doing I believe he defamed the work of Fredrick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth.

As one who worked in the field of time and motion studies for 25 years, I think I may be in a better position to evaluate the work of people in this profession than Mr. Rizzo.

The purpose is to find the most efficient method to perform the various tasks in the workplace. These more efficient methods usually consist of revising the layout of a work station to reduce or shorten the moves required to accomplish the task. Often it was the design of a special tool that could make the job easier to perform.

In other words, the idea was to reduce the amount of time required to perform the job. The purpose was not to make the worker work faster and/or harder. These studies resulted in reducing the cost of manufacture goods and probably saved the jobs of countless workers.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Fredrick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth.


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