This reading intrigued me a lot because it involves efficiency in business which is a lot more like my major then some other topics we have discussed. In The Principles of Scientific Management the author talks a lot about improving already existing work conditions and improving their output.
There is a lot of emphasis put on how when men are grouped together they will often cohort and work with each other to all do their work slower then they would normally work individually. “A careful analysis had demonstrated the fact that when workmen are herded together in gangs, each man in the gang becomes far less efficient than when his personal ambition is stimulated.”
No one is willing to put more effort or time into their job then the person next to them doing the same job because they will all get the same pay at the end of the week. “Why should I work hard when that lazy fellow gets the same pay that I do and does only half as much work?”
The concepts that