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Taylorism Revisited: Culture, Management Theory and Paradigm-Shift


  • Morgen Witzel

    (Centre for Leadership, Department of Management, University of Exeter)

  • Malcolm Warner

    (Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge)


In this article, we look at the role of culture, management theory and paradigm-shift vis a vis their implications for general management. We focus in depth on the influence of the European Enlightenment on eighteenth and nineteenth century industrialism and the emergence of a possibly dominant paradigm in management theory in the twentieth century, namely 'Scientific Management' or 'Taylorism', as it became known. We also examine how, in turn, it shaped the next development in the narrative - 'Human Relations' - and its successors 'Organizational Behaviour' and 'Human Resource Management'.

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  • Morgen Witzel & Malcolm Warner, 2015. "Taylorism Revisited: Culture, Management Theory and Paradigm-Shift," Working Papers 2015/01, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:jbs:wpaper:201501

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