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A New History of Management by [Cummings, Stephen, Bridgman, Todd, Hassard, John, Rowlinson, Michael]
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'Much of management thought is based on taken for granted assumptions about 'best practices' that emerged from a very narrow space of place and time. Cummings, Bridgman, Hassard and Rowlinson deftly strip away these cultural and historical assumptions and raise serious questions about what we think we know about management. Like the Matrix, A New History of Management will make you see the world of business in a whole new way.' Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria, Canada and Newcastle University

'This book settles the matter once and for all: sustainability and social responsibility are not fads but the very heart of what management is about. The authors have done a monumental service by restoring this vision to its central place and showing us how to achieve it.' Ellen S. O'Connor, Institute for Leadership Studies, Dominican University of California

'This marvellous book, thoughtful and constructively critical, does a great service to the field in seeking to retell management history by exploring the development of management theories afresh. If we want to imagine possibilities for the future, we must review the past.' Haridimos Tsoukas, University of Warwick and University of Cyprus

'This brilliant, ambitious book more than lives up to its promise. By revisiting the history of management theory, it uncovers surprising ideological underpinnings and provides a roadmap to rethink management's origins, traditions and horizons.' Raza Mir, William Patterson University, New Jersey

'Michel Foucault argued that curiosity, innovation in thinking and a refusal to accept the self-evident were objectives to which scholars should aspire. A New History of Management attains these heights. To read the book as a counter history to management's woeful attempts to understand itself and its role, is an invitation 'to think differently'. Perhaps, it can also persuade us to act differently too.' Gibson Burrell, University of Leicester and University of Manchester

'This superb new history of management represents a major, landmark contribution to what is still a neglected and poorly understood topic.' Christopher Grey, Royal Holloway, University of London

'In the Wizard of Oz author Frank Baum encourages us to follow the yellow brick road to truth and happiness, ending with the unmasking of the Wizard as a very small (minded) man with a large megaphone. A New History of Management takes us on a much needed journey to look at the scenes of the production of management history. It reveals not one yellow-brick road (rooted in Western thought) but a series of different coloured pathways whose origins lie in places across the globe in the conceptualization of management. Along the way Cummings et al expose the wizardry that goes into producing dominant views of management, unmasking a very limited, male-centered project that reduces management thought to a for profit focus. The effect is liberating and allows us to rethink the character and purposes of management.' Albert Mills, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Canada

'Through their careful dissection of the history of management, the authors of this powerful book interrogate the common sense beliefs which silently have reduced management to a question of efficiency of control. By opening up the history of management beyond these false images of thought, this book offers a much-needed resource for radically rethinking what management is and what it can be.' Torkild Thanem, Stockholm University School of Business

Book Description

Establishes a new and critical perspective on management by reassessing interpretations of the subject's 'founding fathers' and the role of history in the development of assumptions about what constitutes good management theory and practice. It is for graduate students, researchers and students of business, organization, and management history.

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  • File Size: 4448 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1107138140
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 31, 2017)
  • Publication Date: September 5, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0744KW4TQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,563,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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