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The management century : a critical review of 20th century thought and practice
Crainer, Stuart.
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San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2000]

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xxiii, 265 pages ; 24 cm.
1900-1910: stopwatch science -- 1911-1920: modern times -- 1921-1930: discovering the organization -- 1931-1940: discovering people -- 1941-1950: lessons in war -- 1951-1960: living the dream -- 1961-1970: understanding strategy -- 1971-1980: organized paralysis -- 1981-1990: an excellent adventure -- 1991-2000: the new balance of power -- The state of management.
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It's been with us since the dawn of civilization. But only in the past one hundred years has management been recognized, and formalized, as a profession. Now, in The Management Century, business journalist Stuart Crainer offers a fascinating, lively tour of management's golden age in a book filled with historic characters any novelist would envy. From Henry Ford to W. Edwards Deming, the innovators Crainer visits here are as in-triguing as the ideas they championed. It's a work that breathes real life into a chronology that's embedded with valuable insights for every student of management theory and practice.

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Author Notes

Stuart Crainer (Oxford, U.K.) is a noted business and management writer who contributes regularly to The Financial Times, The (London) Times, the British Airlines in-flight magazine, Across the Board, and other publications. His many books include The Ultimate Business Library, The Ultimate Book of Business Quotations, The Ultimate Book of Business Gurus, Business the Jack Welch Way, and Business the Rupert Murdoch Way.


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Booklist Review

One of a series of strategy and business books from the consulting firm of Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Crainer's work surveys management as a historic force, highlighting the successes of the past 100 years decade by decade. The author concludes that management demands change and the updating of knowledge, though such updating of knowledge often requires rejection of a management practice once considered the standard. Most management techniques have a limited life span, but many times they become a component of a successor idea. Managers are on a constant quest for new ideas, new interpretations, and new corporate cures, and Crainer counsels that companies must become learning organizations if they are to survive and prosper. Booz-Allen & Hamilton derives valuable exposure and public relations from books such as this. --Mary Whaley

Choice Review

Business journalist Crainer's comprehensive overview of the management and organizational trends of the past century, organized in ten decade intervals, associates benchmark developments with societal and global influences. Although much of the content covering the first five decades has been addressed in the management literature, Crainer's historical perspective, thoroughness, and insightful commentary compensate for this familiarity. Latter chapters are noteworthy. They address the emergence of strategy and structure as corporate concerns; the role of business schools and recognition of management as a profession; the "complacent" 1970s; the emphasis on quality basics in the 1980s; and 1990s' concerns with reorganization and downsizing, and the valuing of intellectual capital and the knowledge worker. "The State of Management" chapter, perhaps the most unique, analyzes the management profession--what it is and what it is not; its apparent bewilderment at the inability of any singular managerial approach to account for major organizational successes; and its search for certainty in a rapidly changing, complex environment. Biographical sketches and vignettes add to the book's readability. "The Management Century Timeline" and the list of the top five Harvard Business Review articles at the end of each chapter are excellent reference sources. Highly recommended for students of management, upper-division undergraduate and up. R. Quinn; CUNY Bronx Community College

Table of Contents

Bruce A. Pasternack
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
1 1900-1910: Stopwatch Sciencep. 1
2 1911-1920: Modern Timesp. 21
3 1921-1930: Discovering the Organizationp. 41
4 1931-1940: Discovering Peoplep. 63
5 1941-1950: Lessons in Warp. 77
6 1951-1960: Living the Dreamp. 93
7 1961-1970: Understanding Strategyp. 119
8 1971-1980: Organized Paralysisp. 143
9 1981-1990: An Excellent Adventurep. 161
10 1991-2000: The New Balance of Powerp. 185
11 The State of Managementp. 213
Notesp. 229
The Authorp. 239
Name Indexp. 241
Subject Indexp. 245
Booz-Allen and Hamiltonp. 265