The Taylorization of Lenin: rhetoric or reality?

  title={The Taylorization of Lenin: rhetoric or reality?},
  author={Daniel Wren and Arthur G. Bedeian},
  journal={International Journal of Social Economics},
  • D. WrenA. Bedeian
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Economics
  • International Journal of Social Economics
Lenin advocated “Taylorization” (i.e. scientific management), to rebuild post‐revolutionary Russia's economy. The evidence, however, indicates that Lenin's advocacy caused conflict within the communist party, and scientific management was rarely implemented successfully. Noting a rhetoric‐reality gap, the paper explains the difference between Lenin's advocacy and actual practice. Lenin wished to convey the message that his regime was progressive, using the latest management techniques. Rather… 

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