This chapter studies the curious odyssey of "Lean Management"... Under this label, managerial ideas and practices have first undergone a decisive step towards anti-Taylorian process thinking, influenced by pragmatist philosophy, from the 1930s to the 80s. Then, from the 80s on, "Lean Management" often points to a striking return to Taylorism, dominated by off-the-field planning, variance control and cost-killing. The study of this historical shift can give us clues about obstacles to process and complexity thinking in the managerial and academic world: aversion to complexity, treatment of time (notions of slack and wasted time), value management and relationship to activity.
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