The Making of Modern Management: British Management in Historical Perspective

Paperback | September 1, 2009

byJohn F. Wilson, Andrew Thomson

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Management has always been part of human organization, but it is only in the last two centuries or so that it has been the central driver of economic activity, as companies have moved from family firms to hugely complex, multinational corporations with many layers of management. The term management is commonly used in three ways: as a process or activity; as a structure in any organization; and as a group or class of people carrying out certain roles in an organization. This book is the first detailed account of the evolution of management in all three senses. The focus ismainly on the UK, but throughout the broader question of why corporate management structures developed so impressively in the USA, Germany and Japan is borne in mind, while arguably little progress was made in this regards in the UK. Equally the authors consider why, given that management is now so widely studied, so little careful research has been undertaken into the evolution of the practice and the profession of management. The book is divided into four sections. Part One provides An Introduction to Management History; Part Two, Management and Organization, explores the historical development through the 19th and 20th centuries; Part Three, Managers in Context, looks at the social and cultural context of management andmangers; and Part Four considers three key functional areas, labour, marketing and accounting and financing.This rich, detailed, and path-breaking book will be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the evolution of management as we now understand it, whether academics, students or managers themselves.

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Management has always been part of human organization, but it is only in the last two centuries or so that it has been the central driver of economic activity, as companies have moved from family firms to hugely complex, multinational corporations with many layers of management. The term management is commonly used in three ways: as a ...

John F. Wilson is Professor of International Business, University of Central Lancashire. He is author of British Business History, 1720-1994 (Manchester University Press, 1995) and Ferranti. A History, Vol. I, Building a Family Firm, 1882-1975 (Carnegie Publishing, 2000). Andrew W. Thomson was formerly Dean of the Open University Busi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573999

ISBN - 13:9780199573998

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction1. An Introduction to Management History2. A Theoretical and Thematic FrameworkPart II: Management and Organizations3. British Management and Organization up to the 1940s4. Comparative Management Systems up to the 1940s5. British Management since the 1940sPart III: Managers in Context6. Managers - The Social and Cultural Environment7. The Development of Managers8. Managerial Thought and InstitutionsPart IV: Managerial Functions9. The Practice of Management - Labour10. The Practice of Management - Marketing11. The Practice of Management - Accounting and FinancePart V: Conclusions and Reflections12. ConclusionsBibliography

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Review from previous edition: "...by delving into a vast array of published sources, not all of which are readily available to scholars, the authors can rest assured that they have produced a pioneering study, which resonates with the current frontier of knowledge and identifies the parametersfor future research." --Economic History Review