Who Needs the Boss? Essay

Who Needs the Boss?
An examination of the role of the capitalist entrepreneur during the Industrial Revolution in Britain.
# 6714 | 2,765 words | 10 sources | APA | 2002 | NZ
Published on Feb 07, 2003 in Economics (Macro) , History (British) , Political Science (Marx / Engels)

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This paper examines key theories on the organization of work. It does so by investigating the role of capitalists / entrepreneurs during the Industrial Revolution in Britain. This paper first examines the Marxist ideas that industrial organization was simply a method to provide a role in production and control over the workers for capitalists. Other theories are examined along with the traditional explanation that technology was the driving force behind organization. For example, the paper looks at the idea that workers voluntarily submitted to factory discipline because it improved their wages. The paper concludes that no one theory seems powerful enough to explain as dramatic an event as the Industrial Revolution and attempts to synthesize points from the authors examined.

From the Paper:

"During the Industrial Revolution, the entire productive system of the British economy was dramatically altered. Not merely on a technological level, although these developments were significant. The production process also changed on a fundamental, organisational level. Division of labour was introduced, as was a system of factory organisation, reinforced by a stern system of discipline. This paradigm shift was the work of a new group of men, the capitalist-entrepreneurs. The roles they played during Britain's Industrial Revolution have been the subject of much debate. This paper examines several of the key arguments in this field. All of the theories are somewhat compelling but none of them seems to be exclusively correct. Therefore, this paper will conclude by attempting to develop a synthesis of their arguments."

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