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Frederick Winslow Taylor

F.W. Taylor was an American mechanical engineer who designed the Scientific Management system. The system was named Taylorism. Although accepted for Harvard, he did not attend and later achieved his degree through a correspondence course from the Stevens Institute of Technology. His ideas employed various techniques developed through time and motion studies and influenced Lillian Gilbreth. His important contributions were combining the ideas of standardized tasks, dedicated workforce training, suitable planning, and commission of tasks based upon the clearly defined division of labor and management, thus allowing for improvements to be made to assembly line processes for mass production. His ideas enjoyed varying degrees of success based upon how assiduously they were instituted.

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