This research paper is considered to be a reflective survey paper that discusses the evolution of the scientific management theory and the role it played to inspire new foundations of theories in the field of operations management (OM). The scientific management topic is part of a larger discipline that is taught and discussed in organization theory classes and books.
Frederick Taylor who is now known as the “father of the scientific management” published his classical monograph under the title of “The Principles of Scientific Management” in 1911. After years of various experiments to determine optimal work methods, Taylor proposed four principles of scientific management that were considered as the foundations for numerous researches in multiples disciplines until these days. Furthermore, the principles of the scientific management have a clear contribution towards the advancements of the operations management discipline. Specifically, Taylor emphasized on achieving efficiency as an objective of his scientific management approach. That same term “efficiency” is the crux of today’s operations management teachings and principles.
My interest in this topic was developed during the seminars of this class DBA804. Almost a year ago, since I started in the doctoral program at GGU, I was always interested in the theory and practice of the operations management and operations research. Luckily, our weekly discussions about the classics of the organization theory and organizations behavior have helped me to further develop the appreciation of this topic, and to think of it as a potential dissertation topic for my own research proposal. The development of the scientific management led by Frederick Taylor earlier last century has a clear and direct influence on the development of both operations management and operations research. Clearly, understanding the principles of the scientific management is an essential knowledge for me as I go about conducting my research on the operations management.