Thematic entries range from accounting to business cycles, entrepreneurship, global strategic alliances, Internet and business, manufacturing strategy, performance appraisal, simulation modelling, and Zaibatsu. In addition to entries for such people as Henry Ford, the Gilbreths, and Joseph Schumpeter, biographies include living persons such as Peter Drucker and Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Articles range from 4 to 8 pages for most biographies to more than 20 for some thematic topics. Tables, charts, graphs, and formulas appear in many entries. Alphabetization is word by word, except that in, and, of, and the in entry titles are disregarded. A few anomalies cause a bit of confusion. There are 51 entries beginning with the word management, many for management in specific places, e.g., in Africa, in the Arab world, in Singapore. Interspersed with these are management development, management education (in various places), management information systems, management research, management science, and so on. Therefore, management education in Russia comes long before management in Russia.
The sixth volume is a detailed keyword index to the other five volumes--one can check for specific countries, persons, or items of information included in broader articles. For example, Chile is not in any article title, but in the index one is referred to eight topics and 10 separate pages where Chile is mentioned. Volume 6 also includes a complete list of entries and cross-references in the order in which they appear and a list of the contributors with their affiliations and the entries they wrote. While the greatest number of contributors are based in the U.K. or the U.S., almost 40 countries are represented.
In these days of increased global business, The International Encyclopedia of Business & Management will provide excellent comprehensive coverage of business and management around the world for students, businesspersons, and scholars. It also serves as a strong general business and management reference tool. Although the set is expensive, academic libraries that support business curricula and large public libraries will want to consider it.