New Industries Rely on Scientific Management

Time and science have proven that the principles of the scientific management are applicable across many industries, organizations, and disciplines. Even though Taylor had focused his initial experiments on the mining industry, the benefits of his efforts have crossed many industries throughout the years. The applicability of the scientific management has became widely accepted across many verticals, simply due to the fact that Taylor was keen to find solutions that would help to improve production, increase efficiency, and maintain profitability, which are all important factors while measuring success.

The new trends of the scientific management have landed on a new industry called the social entrepreneurship. Similar to any other industry, the social‐entrepreneurship is in business to make a profit, but at the same time solve a real social issue through the ability of building a sound business plan that is able to maintain a high efficiency with high output and a minimum cost. Recently, Business world have witnessed the birth of the social entrepreneurship, which thrives to maximize its contributions back to its societies, yet maintain an adequate amount of profit.

A good example of this new industry is an eye care center in India that was established to assist patience from lower income families many decades ago. However, it was not until recently that the medical center was transformed to become financially profitable, yet was still able to afford huge subsidies for the needy. The secret behind the success of this social enterprise was the ability to improve efficiency and increase productivity, which are the basic elements of the scientific management and the foundations of operations management. Doctor Thulasiraj is one of the top officials at Aravind , the eye care center said during an interview with NPR news that early on, the organization embraced the simple idea that if it wanted to have a real impact in reducing blindness, its surgeons needed to work as efficiently as possible.

Furthermore, Doctor Thulasiraj added that their surgeons had no idle time, they do not wait for a patient, nor they wait for a staff or for lens. “That attention to process has made Aravind surgeons quite possibly the most productive in the world. In total, the number of sight‐ restoring eye surgeries that Aravind Eye Care System conducts each year is 300,000 — and about half, or nearly half, are free.” ( http://www.npr.org), retrieved on Nov/29/2011.

This above example is a clear indication that the principles of the scientific management along with the efficiency and operations management tools and guidelines have played a major role in the establishment of such a new trend and successful social entrepreneurship. The body of knowledge that helps one industry can be easily transferred and implemented in a new industry, and still anticipate the same high success rate.

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