Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Chapter Two: Organization as Machine
Frederick Taylor's classic work on organizations was published in 1911. He died in 1915. Max Weber wrote around the turn of the 20th century and passed away in 1920. Other important writers in the machine metaphor wrote in the early 20th century. There can be little doubt that the notion that organizations are like machines was well established a century ago. Nevertheless, the machine metaphor remains one of the strongest metaphors to this day. What experience do you have with the machine metaphor? What is your reaction to the material in the chapter and in class discussion ?