Public Administration Answer Writing Practice 2018 - Week 1 - Question 2

90 Days Public Administration Answer Writing Practice Question 2 for 12-Nov-2018

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12-Nov-2018 - Question 2

“Taylorism is considered very controversial despite its popularity.” (Stephen P.Waring) Comment. (2016)

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Model Answer

Taylorism became a revolution during 1st and 2nd decades of the 20th century but it also had the share of its controversies. 

Taylor proposed scientific management theory based on 3 premises, 4 principle and tools and technique.: -

3 Premises 


tools and technique

Economic man 

Scientific work management

piece rate system 

One best way 

merit/ training


Food workers follow orders

Equal division of management and workers (Co-operation)

Functional foremanship


Mental revolution


Taylor level of popularity came with controversies as well as criticism:-

He was criticized by Labour Union as exploitation. According to critics Taylor ignored the human aspect of the organization.

He was criticized as he has reduced the human being to the cog on the wheels.

He was criticized for not taking care of socio-psychological factors.

Criticism from the union but his contribution to management studies and public administration can't be denied. Taylor's contribution is personnel management, a delegation of powers, Business process re-engineering.

As Personnel Management concepts like Paying work not position, placement according to work, training etc., are still used by the organization throughout the world. Administration reforms like business process re-engineering have been also emphasized by administrative reform commission. 

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