Frederick Taylor outlines the main ideas of what he calls “Scientific Management” in his book The Principles of Scientific Management. In this book
“These new duties are grouped under four heads: First. They develop a science for each element of a man’s work, which replaces the old rule-of-thumb method.
Second. They scientifically select and then train, teach and develop the workman, whereas in the past he chose his own work and trained himself as best he could.
Third. They heartily cooperate with the men so as to insure all of the wok being done in accordance with the principles of the science which has been developed.
Fourth. There is an almost equal division of the work and the responsibility between the management and the workmen. The management takes over all work for which they are better fitted than the workmen.” (
These four principles constitute
Hank Miller can be seen utilizing each of the four principles of
Hank Miller also selects, trains, teaches and develops his workmen on an individual bases. Miller’s scientific method for selecting workers suited to work for him is to find men who have the ability to do their own thinking and are not blindly loyal to the king or church. During his adventure’s Hank Miller eats with a bunch of men and introduces the idea of electing a leader rather than just have a bloodline of kings. Only one of the men believes that this is a possible idea and a good one. Miller is quick to send the man to one of his factories. It is in this factory that Miller says the man will learn to read and write and be trained to work for Miller. (Twain 128)
Miller set up and organized this entire operation. Since he was the only person with the original knowledge in this time he singlehandedly made sure that everyone that worked for him did things according to his plan. This plan was the scientific one that he implemented. Hank Miller also addressed these men on an individual bases when he met and selected them. He let them know that he thought they had something special. It was in this way that Miller established a positive, cooperative relationship whit the people he sent to his factories.
Finally Miller shared a lot of the work equally between himself and his workers. As he traveled he frequently used his skills to help create his “civilization”. He fixed the well at the
Taylor, Frederick Winslow The Principles of Scientific Management
Twain, Mark A