The notion that there is one right way of accomplishing a given task had an influential role in the theory and practice of public administration. This theoretical paper presents the impact of the scientific approach on the founding literature of the science of public administration. The main reform proposals that emphasized this concept will be presented through the early writings in the field. Then it discusses the main public administration authors who recognized the limitations of the “right way” and weakened its role in public administration. Finally, the current impact of the scientific management on the field will be highlighted.
Key words: Taylorism, public administration, one right method, positivism.
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