Productivity Engineering is Task Management

by Douglas A. Smith, Marketing Director; Timelapse Inc., Mt. View, Calif.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 8, Pg. 49-51

Document Type: Feature article


Productivity is a fashionable word of the 1980s, but the concepts of productivity engineering and the gains made in motivation and organizational behavior are based on many techniques developed at the turn of the century. The development of techniques once termed scientific management is covered. Scientific management, or in more modern terms productivity engineering, is task management. Included are references to those pioneers in the field such as Frederick Taylor and Frank and Lillian Gilbreth. Also mentioned are advancements by Henry Gantt, and early associate of Taylor, and D.J. Hauer, author of Modern Management Applied to Construction. Post-war advances in productivity studies focus on the work done at Stanford University.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Organizations | Motivation | Colleges and universities

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