Definition of Taylorism in English:


Line breaks: Tay¦lor|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈtəɪlərɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
The principles or practice of scientific management and work efficiency as practised in a system known as the Taylor System.
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  • Many accounting historians have advanced the argument that Taylorism and scientific management were not merely theoretical successes at the turn of the 20th century, but practical successes as well.
  • Craven, though not Schapiro, fingers the ideology and restrictive practices of Taylorism by name.
  • As was also noted in the last chapter, the tendency to import and apply scientific management in the form of Taylorism, involving direct supervision of unskilled labour, was limited.


mid 19th century: from the name of Frederick W. Taylor (1856–1915), the American engineer who expounded the system, + -ism.



noun& adjective
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  • When I read Production, I expected stories of mopped brows and elbow grease, Paul Willis's ‘lads,’ and robotic Taylorist workers.
  • By this they mean that they are the very opposite of Skinnerians and Taylorists.
  • Reference to labor standards does not imply the full panoply of labor standard costs and variance analysis that developed as part of the Taylorist efficiency movement of the late l9th/early 20th century.

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