How relevant is Taylorism for businesses in the 21st century?    

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Taylorism takes its name from Frederick Winslow Taylor (March 20, 1856–March 21, 1915), an American engineer who was concerned with improving the efficiency of manufacturing. The term generally refers to a form of scientific management concerned with efficient production.

Taylorism was initially concerned with assembly lines in manufacturing. It pioneered the use of time and motion studies designed to reorganize production lines to make workers more efficient. Even a few seconds improvement in the time it takes to do a small task, such as attaching a button to a shirt or welding two parts together, can save companies thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars over a year. This is just as true now as it was in the early twentieth century.

Artificial intelligence and the massive data processing capabilities of modern computers have allowed Taylorism to expand from manufacturing to the service sector and for the level of monitoring and analysis of worker productivity to increase...

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