Lyndall Urwick, Management Pioneer: A Biography

Hardcover | August 1, 2010

byEdward Brech, Andrew Thomson, John F. Wilson

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Lyndall Urwick was the dominant figure in British management between the late 1920s and the early 1960s. His writings and his passion in pursuit of management as a scientific and systematic activity rather than the rule-of-thumb approach to decision-making all too prevalent in Britainexercised a huge influence on management at the time; and ultimately management as we know it today. Urwick was greatly affected by his experience of the First World War and at Rowntree's. He went on to become Director of the International Management Institute between 1928-33, before forming a very influential management consultancy, Urwick Orr and Partners, which he chaired for the rest of hiscareer. He was also deeply involved with almost all the institutional developments in British management up to the 1960s, including the Management Research Groups, the Institute of Industrial Administration, the British Institute of Management, the Administrative Staff College, and the managementeducation side of the Anglo-American Council on Productivity. In pursuit of what he called his 'mission at large', he gave hundreds of talks in his lucid and charismatic style, many of which were published as articles or booklets. These talks were not only in Britain but in Australia after his emigration there in 1961, in America, where he became thebest-recognized foreign exponent of management, and in a range of countries around the world. But he will probably be best remembered for his writings, not only on organization theory, where he is recognized as a great synthesizer and leader in the classical school, but on a wide range of othertopics, including the history of management, leadership, marketing, and management education and development. Truly he was a man of many parts.

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Lyndall Urwick was the dominant figure in British management between the late 1920s and the early 1960s. His writings and his passion in pursuit of management as a scientific and systematic activity rather than the rule-of-thumb approach to decision-making all too prevalent in Britainexercised a huge influence on management at the time...

Edward Brech (1909-2006) joined Urwick Orr and Partners in 1938 as a management consultant, initially working with Lyndall Urwick to produce the renowned three volume work The Making of Scientific Management. In Urwick Orr he played a leading role in the introduction of management training and techniques and also wrote copiously on hi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199541965

ISBN - 13:9780199541966

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Introduction1. Early Life, World War I, and Glove-making2. Rowntrees3. The International Management Institute4. Writings in the Inter-war Period5. Urwick Orr and Partners6. Wartime7. British Management Developments from the 1940s8. A Mission at Large9. Later Writings10. An Evaluation