Slavery and Modern Management Techniques

Posted By on August 25, 2014

Academic researchers follow their curiosity wherever it may lead – sometimes to controversy. Caitlin Rosenthal’s research into the history of business practices introduced her to meticulous records kept by American slave owners where she discovered the origins of some very modern management techniques, included standardised ways to measure human productivity, As she so eloquently captures the irony in The Messy Links Between Slavery Owners and Modern Management, “Capitalism is not just about the free market, it was also built on the backs of slaves who were literally the opposite of free.”

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