Friday, July 20, 2012

Management History | Scientific Management | Frank and Lillian Gilbreth

Discuss the work in scientific management done by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth.

Answer:  Frank Gilbreth is probably best known for his experiments in bricklaying. By carefully analyzing the bricklayer's job, he reduced the number of motions in laying exterior brick from 18 to about 5, and on laying interior brick the motions were reduced from 18 to 2. Using the Gilbreth's techniques, the bricklayer could be more productive on the job and less fatigued at the end of the day. The Gilbreths were among the first researchers to use motion pictures to study hand-and-body motions and the amount of time spent doing each motion. Wasted motions missed by the naked eye could be identified and eliminated. The Gilbreths also devised a classification scheme to label 17 basic hand motions, which they called therbligs. This scheme allowed the Gilbreths a more precise way of analyzing a worker's exact hand movements.

Management, 10e (Robbins/Coulter)

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