Frederick Taylor and the early scientific management movement have commonly been depicted as villains by authors who base their claims on a very superficial reading of their work. Examines an example of such a reading that asserts the Taylorists were opposed to the reduction of long working hours. By outlining the working contribution made by Taylor and by members of the Taylor Society in the period 1895‐1930, aims to highlight the need for historians of management thought to abjure the intellectual myopia that characterizes much of the literature concerned with management. Extends earlier research on the contribution made by the Taylorists to the rationalization of standard time schedules.
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