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Author (up) Buenstorf, G.; Murmann, J.P. url  doi
  Title Ernst Abbe's scientific management: theoretical insights from a nineteenth-century dynamic capabilities approach Type Journal Article
  Year 2005 Publication Industrial and Corporate Change Abbreviated Journal Ind Corp Change  
  Volume 14 Issue 4 Pages 543-578  
  Corporate Author Thesis  
  Address Guido Buenstorf, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Kahlaische Strasse 10, 07745 Jena, Germany; Correspondence: Johann Peter Murmann, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 60208, USA  
  Keywords Other Machinery, Business Equipment, Armaments (L640); Business Administration: General (M100); Economic History: Manufacturing and Construction (includes Housing): Europe: Pre-1913 (N630); Economic History: Manufacturing and Construction (includes Housing): Europe: 1913- (N640); Economic History: Transport, Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services (includes Health Services): Europe: 1913- (N740); Micro-Business History: Europe: Pre-1913 (N830); Micro-Business History: Europe: 1913- (N840); Germany; Firm; Firms; Management  
  Abstract 'Scientific management' is the label Frederick Taylor attached to the system of shop-floor management devised by him. In this article we present our discovery of very different 'scientific' management principles that, roughly concurrently with Taylorism, were developed by German physicist-turned-manager Ernst Abbe and that are codified in the statutes of the Carl Zeiss Foundation created by Abbe. They exhibit striking parallels to resource- and capability-based theories of the firm, and indicate managerial challenges that warrant further theoretical elaboration. Abbe develops an account for managing a science-based firm and securing its long-term competitiveness, giving detailed prescriptions with regard to the type and scope of a firm's activities, its organizational set-up and its labor relations. We highlight some of the most characteristic features of Abbe's thought, discuss its effects on the development of the firms owned by the Zeiss Foundation, and compare it to and draw out implications for present-day management theory.  
  Publisher Oxford University Press Place of Publication Oxford Editor  
  Language English Summary Language English Original Title  
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  ISSN 0960-6491 ISBN Medium  
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