The Evolution of Management Thought / Edition 6

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The Evolution of Management Thought / Edition 6

The sixth edition of author Daniel Wren's classic text provides acomprehensive understanding of the origin and development of ideasin management.  This text traces the evolution of managementthought from its earliest days to the present, by examining thebackgrounds, ideas and influences of its major contributors. 

Every chapter in the sixth edition of The Evolution ofManagement Thought has been thoroughly reviewed and updatedto convey an appreciation of the people and ideas underlying thedevelopment of management theory and practice.  Theauthors’ intent is to place various theories of management intheir historical context, showing how they’ve changed overtime.  The text does this in a chronological framework, yeteach part is designed as a separate and self-contained unit ofstudy; substantial cross-referencing provides the opportunity forconnecting earlier to later developments as a central unifyingtheme.

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ISBN-13: 9780470128978
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/22/2008
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 694,283
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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

Part One. Early Management Thought.

Chapter 1 – A Prologue to the Past.

A Cultural Framework.

People, Management, and Organizations.


Chapter 2 – Management Before Industrialization.

Management in Early Civilizations.

The Cultural Rebirth.


Chapter 3 – The Industrial Revolution: Problems andPerspective.

The Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.

Management Problems in the Early Factory.

Cultural Consequences of the Industrial Revolution.


Chapter 4 – 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.


Chapter 5 – The Industrial Revolution in the UnitedStates.

Antebellum Industry and Management.

The Railroads: Pioneering in U.S. Management.


Chapter 6 – Industrial Growth and SystematicManagement.

The Growth of U.S. Enterprise.

The Renaissance of Systematic Management.

Big Business and its Changing Environment.

Summary of Part I.

Part Two. The Scientific Management Era.

Chapter 7 – The Advent of Scientific Management.

Frederick Winslow Taylor: The Early Years.

Taylor: The Peripatetic Philosopher.


Chapter 8 – 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.


Chapter 9 – The Human Factor: Preparing the Way.

Personnel Management: A Dual Heritage.

Psychology and the Individual.

Foundations of the Social Person: Theory, Research, andPractice.

The "Democratization of the Workplace".


Chapter 10 – The Emergence of the Management Process andOrganization Theory.

Henri Fayol: The Man and his Career.

Bureaucracy: Max Weber.


Chapter 11 – Scientific Management in Theory andPractice.

The Study and Practice of Scientific Management.

Emerging General Management.


Chapter 12 – 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 Part II.

Part Three.  The Social Person Era.

Chapter 13 – The Hawthorne Studies.

The Studies Begin.

Human Relations, Leadership, and Motivation.


Chapter 14 – The Search for Organization Integration.

Mary P. Follett: The Political Philosopher.

The Erudite Executive: Chester I. Barnard.


Chapter 15 – People and Organizations.

People at Work: The Micro View.

Changing Assumptions about People at Work.

People at Work: The Macro View.


Chapter 16 – Organizations and People.

Organizations: Structure and Design.

Toward a Top-Management Viewpoint.


Chapter 17 – Human Relations in Concept and Practice.

The Impact of Human Relations on Teaching and Practice.

Hawthorne Revisited.


Chapter 18 – The Social Person Era in Retrospect.

The Economic Environment: From Depression to Prosperity.

Seeds of Change: The New Technologies.

The Social Environment: The Social Ethic and the OrganizationMan.

The Political Environment: From FDR to Eisenhower.

Summary of Part III.

Part Four. The Modern Era.

Chapter 19 – Management Theory and Practice.

The Renaissance of General Management.

From Business Policy to Strategic Management.


Chapter 20 – Organizational Behavior and OrganizationTheory.

People and Organizations.

Organizations and People.


Chapter 21 – Science and Systems in Management.

The Quest for Science in Management.

Systems and Information.


Chapter 22 – Obligations and Opportunities.

Individuals and Organizations: Relating to EvolvingExpectations.

Management Opportunities in a Global arena Summary.

Chapter 23 – Epilogue.

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