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My Steam Engine is Broken by Dr. Mark Powell, Jonathan Gifford

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Chapter 1

learning to let go

how control is killing the organization

The great majority of modern organizations are not modern at all. They are still following a model that was created to suit the first great manufacturing companies that sprang up in the early 20th century as part of the Second Industrial Revolution – and these companies are not that different from the very first “manufactories” spawned by the first Industrial Revolution in the 18th century.

The principles of “scientific management” were laid down by an engineer called Frederick Winslow Taylor, very early in the 20th century, and they have stuck with us ever since. These principles are still at the heart of steam-engine organizations. They delivered important improvements in ...

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