All of business is about values, all of the time

via The Management Myth:

All of business is about values, all of the time. Notwithstanding the ostentatious use of stopwatches, [Frederick] Taylor’s pig iron case was not a description of some aspect of physical reality—how many tons can a worker lift? It was a prescription—how many tons should a worker lift?

The real issue at stake in Mayo’s telephone factory was not factual—how can we best establish a sense of teamwork? It was moral—how much of a worker’s sense of identity and well-being does a business have a right to harness for its purposes?