A psychoanalytical view of the scientific management approach: A Taylor reading Bilimsel yönetim yaklaşimina psikanalitik bakiş: Bir Taylor okumasi

Erturgut R., Soyşekerci S.

Amme Idaresi Dergisi, vol.43, no.2, pp.1-16, 2010 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: Amme Idaresi Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-16
  • Keywords: Frederick Winslow Taylor, Modernism, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Rationalism, Scientific management approach
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Beyond conducting a theoretical analysis, this study aims for mental questioning. In the West, according to linear rhetorical perspective based on a specific method, Taylor is the origin of modern management, since with his thoughts, lifestyle and his contribution to the science of management, he was surrounded by modernity. In this aspect, the Taylorist System constitutes not only the content of classic management, but also modern management. Meanwhile, at the end of the 18th century, modern medicine, like modern management, which was shaped by engineering norms in the early 20th century, was born on a road of no return in the rationality of historical facts. There exists a parallelism between Taylor's system of thought and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which modern medicine has introduced as a category of illness. This article argues on a hypothetical basis that this situation is a natural outcome of the phenomena of modernism and rationalism. Thus, Taylor reading bears traces of passing through different fields, whose continuity depends on advancing, accompanied by development.