Administration; The Journal of Business Analysis and Control Volume 2

Administration; The Journal of Business Analysis and Control Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... not an end in itself but merely a means to an end, namely, yearly net profits. Its effect on profit has not been brought in as that is logically the subject for discussion which, if added, would make this article too long. I REMEMBER distinctly how I was made a foreman. I was made a foreman just as all foremen were made--by a tap on the shoulder and the words: "You're a foreman; there's your desk, get busy." Those were my instructions, and that was my training. It was assumed that I had absorbed, as a sponge absorbs water, the mechanics and technique of the particular job upon which I had been working. As a matter of fact I knew very little. For one thing, I knew nothing about the necessary reports or accounting forms, except those few that had passed through my hands in the course of the day's work. In my new job I had to know many more, and I was supposed to pick up this and much additional knowledge by asking questions of the assistant superintendent or the superintendent until I learned the job. The above incident may seem a little forced but it is true. It is no exaggeration to say that nine out of ten foremen, at the present time as well as in the past, have been made foremen in just about the same fashion--much as the knights of old were created, by a gentle tap of the sword. In the past the foreman has done the very best he could, but he has been the scapegoat of a bad system; and although in the last ten, fifteen, twenty years industry has grown and changed tremendously the foreman has been left to shift pretty much for himself and has been expected to get his ability, his training, and his inspiration from heaven knows where. Director, Planning Department, duett, Peabody and Company, Inc., Troy, N. Y. The trouble more

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  • Paperback | 462 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 816g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236759427
  • 9781236759429