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The Red Taylorist: The Life and Times of Walter Nicholas Polakov

Diana Kelly
University of Wollongong, Australia

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15 Jun 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
205 pages - 152 x 229mm
Frontiers of Management History
The Red Taylorist is a ground-breaking assessment of the life and work of Walter Nicholas Polakov, charting his influence on the development of scientific management globally.
Diana Kelly presents an unparalleled depth of knowledge of Polakov’s varied professional life and charts a wide reaching influence, covering a number of topics from a personal perspective, including Taylorism, the New Deal, Unionism, the FBI and Communism.
This engaging biographical approach enables readers to explore interlinked events typically considered unrelated to each other, through the story of work man’s work in revolutionizing the management of scientific endeavors. Kelly highlights the importance of these wider contexts for management and history of management scholars.
Chapter 1. The Russian Engineer Comes to New York
Chapter 2. The Engineers Should Rule – Taylor Society and New Machine, 1915-1920
Chapter 3. Two Books for the 1920s
Chapter 4. Taking the Gantt Chart to USSR and a Roller Coaster Return, 1928-1938
Chapter 5. The Scientific manager joins the Union and is harried by the FBI 1938-1948 Conclusion
Diana Kelly is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Enquiry at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is the author of Researching Industrial Relations (1999) and co-author (with Tom Keenoy) of The Employment Relationship in Australia (1996, 2nd edition: 1998). She has published widely on the history of industrial relations and management, workplace bullying and the steel industry.

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