The purpose of this paper is to introduce Frederick W. Taylor's lecture on his “task” system of management, given at his home in “Boxley” in 1907.
The paper summarizes the lecture's contents, and details its background.
The paper emphasizes the critical importance of primary sources to the work of management scholars, not just management history.
The paper provides further evidence of the import that needs to be attached to sound historical method as a basis for scholarship in management in general, and management history, in particular.
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