Friday, November 23, 2012

Origins of Industrial Engineering



Even though Frederick Taylor is called the father of industrial engineering, there are scholars who identified the need for efficiency and productivity in engineering activity or manufacturing activity and even developed some principles.

Adam Smith in his book Wealth of Nations right in the first chapter discussed productivity of labor.


On the economy of machinery and manufactures - Charles Babbage , 1832
http://books.google.co.in/books?id=cTNVAAAAMAAJ

The Philosophy of Manufactures: Or an Exposition of the Scientific, Moral,  and Commercial Economy
Published 1835
Andrew Ure, Glasgow, Great Britain
http://archive.org/stream/philosophymanuf01uregoog#page/n5/mode/2up


John Stuart Mill Economics

On What depends the degree of productiveness of productive agents
http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/mill/john_stuart/m645p/book1.7.html#book1.7

Of Production on a large, and production on a small scale
http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/mill/john_stuart/m645p/book1.9.html

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