But Taylor raised the concept of control to an entirely new plane when
he asserted as an absolute necessity for adequate management the dictation
to the worker of the precise manner in which work is to be performed.
That management had the right to “control” labor was generally assumed
before Taylor, but in practice this right usually meant only the general
setting of the tasks, with little direct interference in the worker’s mode
of performing them. Taylor’s contribution was to overturn this practice
and replace it by the opposite (62).