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I am confused about the meaning of "go back to" here:
"The treatment of the worker in this approach goes back to the principles of scientific management "
According to a few dictionaries, "go back to" could mean "has existed since", which implies that "go back to" should be followed by a time phrase. So is the example wrong? Or is there a hidden technical definition for "go back to"?
Source: books.google.com/books?id=PqCSdZSGXrwC&pg=PA352&lpg=PA352&dq=%22goe s+back+to+the+principles+of+scientific+management% 22&source=bl&ots=4_Bwb8e7-J&sig=3NhuHakAT-jln8Ja1w7P0yS3FQ8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bPBFU-nAJamh2gWztIC4CA&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22go es%20back%20to%20the%20principles%20of%20scientifi c%20management%22&f=false