Essays on the International Labour Organization and Its Impact on the World During the Twentieth Century
Edited By Jasmien Van Daele, Magaly Rodriguez Garcia and Geert van Goethem
10 The ILO and the IMI: A Strategy of Influence on the Edges of the League of Nations, 1925-1934 251
8=6EI:G The >AD and the >B>: A Strategy of Inﬂuence on the Edges of the League of Nations, - Thomas Cayet In his seminal book on the International Labour Organization (>AD), George Scelle considered the creation of the International Management Institute (>B>) as emblematic of the >AD’s controversial extension of its com- petencies. This small institution embodied Albert Thomas’s vision of the >AD`s economic role in the international field. Addressing “scientific man- agement” or “rationalization” was not just a way to foster links between the young organization and networks of engineers and businessmen, but also a means to tackle the challenge of mass production and modern dis- tribution. In order to strengthen its international position, the >AD had to acquire specific competence concerning the crucial issue of economic modernization. The creation of the >B>, with the help of an American foundation (the Twentieth Century Fund) permitted the construction of an original space of discussion around these Taylorist ideas and the progressive creation of a unique network of actors. Even though the >B> eventually collapsed with the ebb of internationalism, it clearly had a role in the international appro- priation of new ways of conceiving organizational knowledge. The >B> embodied a general rationalization from the most local to the most global level. For a while, its action focused attention on the highly controversial question of the link between “scientific management” and “industrial relations”– the link between economic modernization and social cooperation. It permitted dialogue between various actors and...
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