Friday, January 16, 2015

CFP: “Taylor's World” Conference

On September 24- 25, 2015, Stevens Institute of Technology will host a conference on the life and legacy of Frederick Winslow Taylor, a Stevens graduate and widely recognized as the father of scientific management. "Taylor's World" marks the centennial of Taylor’s death in 1915; the conference will explore both Taylor’s place in history and his legacy in the twenty-first century.
    Proposals for either individual papers or full panels are welcome. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
  • Taylor’s influence on contemporary management practice
  • The movement of Taylor’s ideas around the globe
  • Vestiges of Taylorism in digital media and labor, including Digital Turking and other forms of crowd sourcing
  • The place of organized labor, race, gender, and sexuality in Taylor’s thought and work
  • Taylor’s place in intellectual and cultural history
  • Taylor’s influence on sports technologies, especially golf and tennis
  • The effect of Taylorism on business strategy and technological change
Please submit proposals for papers or panels by March 1, 2015, by filling out submission proposal form. Paper proposals should be 250–500 words; panel proposals should collect individual paper abstracts of that same length and also include a brief description of the panel’s overarching theme. Panel proposals may also suggest possible commentators. Inquiries about the conference can be sent to Leah Loscutoff, lloscuto@stevens.edu.
     Stevens is home to the Taylor archive, which, according to the collection website, consists largely of Taylor's personal and work- related correspondence, including his communications with companies interested in implementing scientific management. Also included are rough drafts of his major publications, translations of his works on scientific management and the cutting of metal, examples of forms developed to improve shop efficiency, glass slides of factories and offices using scientific management, articles written by Taylor on his system, and responses from readers.