A Comparative Review of Fredrick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth’s

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Abstract Frederick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth’s similarities far out weigh their differences. They helped to revolutionize management theories. Using three management foundation textbooks I will lay a clear foundation of knowledge on what these two pioneers have given to the management world. Also, in taking a closer look at these two theorists one may gain a new look at how efficiency can be achieved. Reviewing these two theorists is essential in basic study management. A Comparative Review of Fredrick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth’s Management Theories Scientific method had its first big influence on American economy by the Ford Company. In 1916 Henry Ford was able to dramatically decrease the price of his automobiles by over $590. Using the scientific method this price decrease only took two years to implement. Although Ford would deny that the implementation of an assembly line to increase output and decrease labor had no influence by a scientific method, it could be directly argued that this is actually an absolute definition of scientific method that were practiced and perfected by Fredrick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth. In order to completely understand Fredrick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth’s management theories one mu Continue...


Very soon, however, Gilbreth was using photography as a documenting tool to aid his visual memory. He viewed that the incentives problem lay within the "inexactness of the performance standards. Shorter work hours, enjoyable surroundings, and also advancement opportunities would give employees the motivation needed to strive to meet and exceed the goals. According to Taylor incentives were not necessarily made in monetary terms, contradicting what critics had reported. With the advent of the motion picture machine and the imagination to use it to study people, Gilbreth would forever change human efficiency. Gilbreth created modified scaffolding platforms so the workers would be able to do their job with ease and efficiency. Under these conditions workmen used what tools they had or could get and adopted methods that suited their own style of work. Taylor was not the originator of many of his ideas, but was a pragmatist with the ability to synthesize the work of others and promote them effectively to a ready and eager audience of industrial managers who were striving to find new or improved ways to increase performance. These platforms were designed to reduce the amount of bending due to the shelf, created to hold the mortar and bricks. They would winnow these films down to the best workers, or select individual clips representing a particularly "best way" to perform one step in the work process. Taylor's work was eventually adopted in a wide array of applications. Frank Gilbreth was a member of the Taylor society, and also a member of American Society of Mechanical engineering.