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Frank and Lillian Gilbreth were a husband and wife team of management consultants. They influenced the development of scientific management. Frank Gilbreth pioneered the concept of “motion study and ergonomics”. Lillian Gilbreth was a pioneer in psychology to the problems of management. Frank Bunker Gilbreth was born on July 7, 1868, in Fairfield, Maine. He died in Montclair, New Jersey, on 14 June 1924. When he was three, his father died and the family moved to Boston. After completing school, he passed his entrance examinations for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, he decided to study mechanics in a more practical way and took a job with Whidden and Company Constructions as an apprentice bricklayer. During his term there, he observed that other bricklayers were using different methods to lay brick. These observations were the beginning to Gilberth’s work in motion study. He was granted his first patent for what he called “non-stopping scaffold”. The scaffold not only improved efficiency of bricks laid from 125 to 350 per hour, it also helped reduce the amount of stress and fatigue on the worker’s back. Gilbreth promoted quickly and was made chief superintendent of the company by the age of twenty-seven. In 1895, he set up his own company, based in Boston. By 1900, he was running a very successful business with branches throughout USA. Lillian Moller was born in Oakland, California on 24 May 1878, the daughter of a German-born sugar refiner. She died on 2 January 1972, in Phoenix, Arizona. She was intellectually gifted, receiving her bachelors and masters degree in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley in 1900 and 1903 respectively. This was despite the objection from their parents who felt that girls should not attend college. After getting her master’sdegree, she traveled to Europe on vacation. In 1903, she met Frank…...

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