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Manufacturing RationalityThe Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution$
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Yehouda Shenhav

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250004.001.0001

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Engineering Rationality: ‘System Shall Replace Chaos’

Engineering Rationality: ‘System Shall Replace Chaos’

(p.45) 2 Engineering Rationality: ‘System Shall Replace Chaos’
Manufacturing Rationality

Yehouda Shenhav

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the origin of the two engineering projects, ‘systematization’ and ‘standardization’, and defines them as social practices and cultural images that formed the backbone of management. These images and practices then migrated from the technical domain to other spheres of human action, including organizations.

Keywords:   systematization, standardization, social practices, cultural images, management

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