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Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder, and David Ashton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731688.001.0001

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Digital Taylorism

Digital Taylorism

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(p.65) Chapter Five Digital Taylorism
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Phillip Brown

Hugh Lauder

David Ashton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731688.003.0016

This chapter introduces Frederick Winslow Taylor's system of scientific management, which was achieved through the application of knowledge to work. It shows that there has been an information technology (IT) revolution, despite the failure of Thomas Friedman, along with many others, to understand its full significance. The chapter discusses mechanical Taylorism, which states that the application of knowledge, not muscle power, is the source of productivity. It then moves on to consider digital Taylorism, where the knowledge of technicians, managers, and professionals is translated into working knowledge by codifying, capturing, and digitalizing their work. The chapter also looks at the industrialization of knowledge work and considers the future of knowledge work.

Keywords:   Frederick Winslow Taylor, system of scientific management, information technology revolution, mechanical Taylorism, digital Taylorism, knowledge work

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