Evolution of Management Thought

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-09
  • Publisher: WILEY

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The sixth edition of author Daniel Wren's classic text provides a comprehensive understanding of the origin and development of ideas in management. This text traces the evolution of management thought from its earliest days to the present, by examining the backgrounds, ideas and influences of its major contributors.Every chapter in the sixth edition of The Evolution of Management Thought has been thoroughly reviewed and updated to convey an appreciation of the people and ideas underlying the development of management theory and practice. The authors' intent is to place various theories of management in their historical context, showing how they've changed over time. The text does this in a chronological framework, yet each part is designed as a separate and self-contained unit of study; substantial cross-referencing provides the opportunity for connecting earlier to later developments as a central unifying theme.

Author Biography

Daniel A. Wren, Ph.D., the University of Illinois, is David Ross Boyd Professor of Management Emeritus and Curator of the Harry W. Bass Business History Collection at the University of Oklahoma. He has served as President of the Southern Management Association, Chairman of the Management History Division of the Academy of Management, is a Fellow of the Southern Management Association, as well as of the Academy of Management. He has been honored with the Merrick Foundation Award for teaching excellence and the Distinguished Educator Award from the national Academy of Management for his contributions “as the foremost management historian of his generation.” His research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals.

Arthur G. Bedeian, DBA, is a Boyd Professor and the Ralph and Kacoo Olinde Distinguished Professor of Management at Louisiana State University and A&M College.  A past President of the Academy of Management and former Dean of the Academy’s Fellows Group, he has also served as President of the Foundation for Administrative Research, the Allied Southern Business Association, the Southern Management Association, and the Southeastern Institute for Decision Sciences. He is a Fellow of both the Southern Management Association and the International Academy of Management. He is a recipient of the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Service Award, Ronald G. Greenwood Lifetime Achievement Award, and Richard M. Hodgetts Distinguished Career Award.

Table of Contents

Early Management Thought
A Prologue to the Past
A Cultural Framework
People, Management, and Organizations
Management Before Industrialization
Management in Early Civilizations
The Cultural Rebirth
The Industrial Revolution: Problems and Perspective
The Industrial Revolution in Great Britain
Management Problems in the Early Factory
Cultural Consequences of the Industrial Revolution
Management Pioneers in the Early Factory
Robert Owen: The Search for a New Harmony
Charles Babbage: The Irascible Genius
Andrew Ure: Pioneering in Management Education
Charles Dupin: Industrial Education in France
The Pioneers: A Final Note
The Industrial Revolution in the United States
Antebellum Industry and Management
The Railroads: Pioneering in U.S. Management
Industrial Growth and Systematic Management
The Growth of U.S. Enterprise
The Renaissance of Systematic Management
Big Business and its Changing Environment
Summary of
The Scientific Management Era
The Advent of Scientific Management
Frederick Winslow Taylor: The Early Years
Taylor: The Peripatetic Philosopher
Spreading the Gospel of Efficiency
The Most Orthodox: Carl Barth
The Most Unorthodox: H. L. Gantt
Partners for Life: The Gilbreths
Efficiency through Organization: Harrington Emerson
The Gospel in Public Sector Organizations: Morris Cooke
The Human Factor: Preparing the Way
Personnel Management: A Dual Heritage
Psychology and the Individual
Foundations of the Social Person: Theory, Research, and Practice
The "Democratization of the Workplace"
The Emergence of the Management Process and Organization Theory
Henri Fayol: The Man and his Career
Bureaucracy: Max Weber
Scientific Management in Theory and Practice
The Study and Practice of Scientific Management
Emerging General Management
Scientific Management in Retrospect
The Economic Environment: From the Farm to the Factory
Technology: Opening New Horizons
The Social Environment: From Achievement to Affiliation
The Political Environment: From One Roosevelt to Another
Summary of
The Social Person Era
The Hawthorne Studies
The Studies Begin
Human Relations, Leadership, and Motivation
The Search for Organization Integration
Mary P. Follett: The Political Philosopher
The Erudite Executive: Chester I. Barnard
People and Organizations
People at Work: The Micro View
Changing Assumptions about People at Work
People at Work: The Macro View
Organizations and People
Organizations: Structure and Design
Toward a Top-Management Viewpoint
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