Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Frederick Winslow Taylor, scientific management, and the Boston Naval Yard in April and May of 1913 : the search for «The least best way» ?
The scientific management era was in full swing by 1913. Louis D. Brandeis, the «peoples' attorney» and later Supreme Court Justice, had popularized the term in the Eastern Rate Case in late 1910. He claimed that the railroads could save one million dollars a day if they followed practices of scientific management as promulgated by Frederick Winslow Taylor. This paper examines the involvement of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a dispuste over scientific management at the Boston Naval Yard (Charlestown) in April and May of 1913. (Disponible sur le site : http://univ-valenciennes.fr/AFC/).