The Eight Bosses System (Taylor)

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Marten van der Zee
Analyst, Netherlands

The Eight Bosses System (Taylor)

Taylor also described the '8 Bosses System'.
He suggested dividing the labor of the production department into eight main compartments, led by eight different supervisors:
1. Time and costs
2. Work instructions
3. Processes and the order in which they executed
4. Process preparation
5. Maintenance
6. Quality check
7. Technical supervision
8. Employee management
With supervision of Taylor the system worked, yet the system never had the desired success. This was mainly due to coordination problems between the supervisors and unclear situations among the employees. Even though the system has not been used a lot, Taylor's theory did have a great influence. Wherever his ideas were applied, the production increased remarkably. The effect of the system often did not go further then an increase of efficiency. The expected improvement in the wages and mutual relations with the chefs, were unfortunately never accomplished.


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