Charles Bedaux

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Charles Eugène Bedaux (10 October 1886 – 18 February 1944) was a French-American millionaire who made his fortune developing and implementing the work measurement aspect of scientific management, notably the Bedaux System.wikipedia
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Charles Eugène Bedaux (10 October 1886 – 18 February 1944) was a French-American millionaire who made his fortune developing and implementing the work measurement aspect of scientific management, notably the Bedaux System.
The Bedaux system, developed by Franco-American management consultant Charles Bedaux (1886–1944) built on the work of F. W. Taylor and Charles E. Knoeppel.

Bedaux expedition

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The Bedaux Canadian Sub-Arctic Expedition was the grand title Bedaux gave to the expedition he formed to cross the wilderness of Northern British Columbia, Canada in 1934.
The Bedaux expedition of 1934, also named the Bedaux Canadian Subarctic Expedition, was an attempt by eccentric French millionaire, Charles Eugène Bedaux, to cross the wilderness of the northern parts of Alberta and northern British Columbia in Canada, while making a film, testing Citroën half-track vehicles and generating publicity for himself.

Bedaux Unit

The distinguishing feature of the Bedaux System, which advanced it beyond these earlier scientific management practitioners, was in its use of the Bedaux Unit or B, a universal measure for all manual work. Here, the Bedaux Unit was so successful that it was copied by industrial firms such as Rowntree's of York (a corporate member of the Taylor Society), Mander Brothers of Wolverhampton, and influential consultancies including Urwick, Orr & Partners.
Emerson's circle was the basis for several innovations with Unit-Times by his followers Charles E. Knoeppel, Charles E. Bedaux and Earl K. Wennerlund.

PA Consulting Group

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Indeed, Bedaux Britain formed the basis for all four of the 'Big Four' European consultancies in the postwar period: Associated Industrial Consultants (AIC), Urwick, Orr & Partners (UOP), Production-Engineering (P-E) and PA Consulting (PA).
Like the other three firms that dominated consulting in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, PA was an offshoot of the pre-war Bedaux Company.

Frederick Winslow Taylor

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In this, he was strongly influenced by F. W. Taylor's book Shop Management, particularly Taylor's time study practices, and Charles E. Knoeppel's writings on industrial layout and routing.
This disparity was largely due to what historians have been analysing: recent research has revealed that Taylor's practices diffused to Britain more through consultancies, in particular the Bedaux consultancy, than through institutions, as in Germany and to a lesser extent France, where a mixture was most effective.

Kodascope

Bedaux also mimicked Frank Gilbreth by introducing a motion study Kodascope package which he propagated with an early Bedaux client, Kodak.
One specific Kodascope was the 'Bedaux Measurement Cine-Kodak' which was produced for use in conjunction with the Bedaux System.

The Champagne Safari

The party failed to reach their destination and the original movie was never made, but in 1995, Canadian director, George Ungar, produced a television biography of Bedaux incorporating Crosby's footage of the expedition, The Champagne Safari (1995).
A portrait of industrialist Charles Bedaux, it focuses primarily on his controversial Bedaux expedition through northern Alberta and British Columbia in 1934, including Floyd Crosby's original footage of the expedition that had long been believed lost until being found in Paris in the 1980s.

Taylor Society

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In 1929, the Taylor Society supported Southern textile workers in their strike against the Bedaux System, which textile workers believed was 'even worse than the old "Taylor Stop-Watch System"'. Here, the Bedaux Unit was so successful that it was copied by industrial firms such as Rowntree's of York (a corporate member of the Taylor Society), Mander Brothers of Wolverhampton, and influential consultancies including Urwick, Orr & Partners.
Soon after the dissolution of the Taylor Society, its long-standing secretary Harlow S. Person responded to the Charles Bedaux & Duke of Windsor November 1937 fiasco by stating that the Taylor System, which required much management restructuring, and the Bedaux System, which could be applied 'as is', were 'poles apart'.

Lyndall Urwick

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Indeed, Bedaux Britain formed the basis for all four of the 'Big Four' European consultancies in the postwar period: Associated Industrial Consultants (AIC), Urwick, Orr & Partners (UOP), Production-Engineering (P-E) and PA Consulting (PA). Here, the Bedaux Unit was so successful that it was copied by industrial firms such as Rowntree's of York (a corporate member of the Taylor Society), Mander Brothers of Wolverhampton, and influential consultancies including Urwick, Orr & Partners.
Having returned to Britain, in 1934 Urwick established, with John Orr of Bedaux Britain, a management consultancy named Urwick, Orr & Partners (UOP).

Château de Candé

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Bedaux purchased the sixteenth-century Château de Candé, in France, and lived there with his American second wife, the former Fern Lombard (1892–1972), a daughter of lawyer James Lombard of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In 1927, Charles Bedaux, a Franco-American industrial millionaire, and his wife Fern, purchased the castle from Jean Drake del Castillo, the grandson of Santiago.

Wallis Simpson

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On 3 June 1937, Charles and Fern Bedaux hosted the wedding of Wallis Warfield and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor at the château.
Wallis and Edward married one month later on 3 June 1937 at the Château de Candé, lent to them by French millionaire Charles Bedaux.

Frank Swannell

To map the route of the expedition, the Canadian government sent along two geographers, Frank Swannell and Ernest Lemarque.
The expedition was intended to run 2,400 kilometers from Edmonton, Alberta to Telegraph Creek, British Columbia and was led by American, Charles Bedaux, who was acquainted with car manufacturer, Andre Citroen, who designed the Kégresse track equipped half-track trucks Bedaux used on his journey.

France

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Charles Eugène Bedaux (10 October 1886 – 18 February 1944) was a French-American millionaire who made his fortune developing and implementing the work measurement aspect of scientific management, notably the Bedaux System.

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Charles Eugène Bedaux (10 October 1886 – 18 February 1944) was a French-American millionaire who made his fortune developing and implementing the work measurement aspect of scientific management, notably the Bedaux System. Considered one of the most eccentric millionaires of the early twentieth century, Bedaux was friends with British royalty and Nazis alike, and was a management consultant, big game hunter and explorer.

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Charles Eugène Bedaux (10 October 1886 – 18 February 1944) was a French-American millionaire who made his fortune developing and implementing the work measurement aspect of scientific management, notably the Bedaux System.

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Considered one of the most eccentric millionaires of the early twentieth century, Bedaux was friends with British royalty and Nazis alike, and was a management consultant, big game hunter and explorer.

Management consulting

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Considered one of the most eccentric millionaires of the early twentieth century, Bedaux was friends with British royalty and Nazis alike, and was a management consultant, big game hunter and explorer.

Big-game hunting

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Considered one of the most eccentric millionaires of the early twentieth century, Bedaux was friends with British royalty and Nazis alike, and was a management consultant, big game hunter and explorer.

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Considered one of the most eccentric millionaires of the early twentieth century, Bedaux was friends with British royalty and Nazis alike, and was a management consultant, big game hunter and explorer.

Charenton-le-Pont

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Charles Bedaux was born in the Charenton-le-Pont commune of Paris, France.

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Charles Bedaux was born in the Charenton-le-Pont commune of Paris, France.

Lycée Jean-Baptiste-Say

Little is known about his early life but his brother Gaston later recorded that in 1903, Charles dropped out of Lycée Jean-Baptiste-Say in Paris where he had been studying engineering.

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Charles Bedaux was born in the Charenton-le-Pont commune of Paris, France. Little is known about his early life but his brother Gaston later recorded that in 1903, Charles dropped out of Lycée Jean-Baptiste-Say in Paris where he had been studying engineering.

Procuring (prostitution)

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Charles worked a series of menial jobs before befriending Henri Ledoux, a successful pimp from the infamous Pigalle district.

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Charles worked a series of menial jobs before befriending Henri Ledoux, a successful pimp from the infamous Pigalle district.