There are also similarly curious and paradoxical connections between the work of the American Marxist Harry Braverman and key management theories. Braverman insisted that work in capitalist societies is inevitably deskilled. In his notion of scientific management, Frederick Taylor positively recommended deskilling by separating work into the labor of conception (thinking) and execution (doing). Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1998).


The bureaucratic organization, therefore, expresses rationality without morality. The organizations of the clever economy are much closer to the expression of what Weber calls value rational action, which is directed to an overriding ideal.


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