Definition of Taylorism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtāləˌrizəm/


The principles or practice of scientific management.
Example sentences
  • 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.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: Tay·lor·ism

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