The Evolution of Management Thought

9780471021278: The Evolution of Management Thought
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Focusing on the history of management, this study traces the ideas and influences of major contributors. The edition has been revised and updated to include contemporary practices and a new chapter on global management, ethics and diversity.

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What can the past tell you about modern management practice?

A lot more than you might think. By tracing the origin and development of modern management concepts, you can develop a more logical, coherent picture of the present state of management practice, and a deeper understanding of the analytical and conceptual tools of the trade.

The History of Management Thought, Fifth Edition, presents the unfolding story of the lives and times of major figures in the field, as well as the enduring themes and influential ideas that have helped shape management thought––from its earliest, pre–industrial beginnings to modern theories. Throughout this comprehensive history, author Daniel Wren profiles significant eras, and analyzes various trends and movements. Now updated and revised, this Fifth Edition reflects the impact of technology and changing market conditions.


  • Presents new sections on technology, discussing its impact on management thought.
  • Covers recurring issues in business ethics, corporate governance, and corporate responsibility.
  • Includes expanded explanations of developments in organizational theory and strategic management.
  • Provides a solid foundation in the history of management thought in a chronological framework.

About the Author:

Daniel A. Wren, Ph.D., University of Illinois, is the 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, as Chairman of the Management History Division of the Academy of Management, is a Fellow of the Southern Management Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of Management. He has been honored with the Merrick Foundation Award for teaching excellence and received 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 and he is the author of White Collar Hobo: The Travels of Whiting Williams (Iowa State University Press) and, with Ronald Greenwood, coauthor of Management Innovators: the people and Ideas that have shaped Modern Business (Oxford University Press).

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ISBN 10:  0471046957 ISBN 13:  9780471046950
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1979