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Critical Evaluations in Business and Management


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The last century witnessed an explosion of interest in the study of management. However, researchers who wish to examine the available literature on key figures in the field often experience considerable difficulty in obtaining access to the wide range of journals in which most of the important articles, assessments and contemporary commentaries appear.

Critical Evaluations in Business and Management  focuses on these important thinkers and makes available, in one place, collections of some of the most significant writings gathered from a variety of sources. The works are invaluable, not only for reference purposes, but as contributions to the history of management thought as well as the analysis of contemporary theory and the study of strategic management. Taken together, the prodigious output and lasting legacy of the great management figures of the twentieth century emerges for all to consider.

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Tom Peters

Tom Peters

1st Edition

Edited By John C. Wood, Michael Wood
November 16, 2012

Hailed as the ‘über guru’ by The Economist¸ Tom Peters (b. 1942) is one of the most influential business thinkers of our age. He is the subject of this new collection from Routledge’s acclaimed Critical Evaluations in Business and Management series. It brings together the best critical assessments ...

Rosabeth M. Kanter

Rosabeth M. Kanter

1st Edition

By Michael Wood, John C. Wood
January 20, 2012

Rosabeth Moss Kanter (b. 1943)—described by The Economist as ‘one of the few women in recent years to have achieved genuine guru status’—introduced the concept of ‘empowerment’ into management thought. She is the subject of this new collection from Routledge’s acclaimed Critical Evaluations in ...

Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg

1st Edition

Edited By John C. Wood
December 12, 2011

Henry Mintzberg (b. 1939) is one of the world’s leading thinkers in management and strategic planning. New from Routledge’s Critical Evaluations in Business and Management series, this new four-volume collection brings together the best and most influential critical writing on Mintzberg and his ...

Michael Porter

Michael Porter

1st Edition

Edited By John Wood, Mike Wood
October 28, 2009

Michael Porter (b. 1947) has been described by The Economist as ‘the doyen of living management gurus’. Boldly introducing the language and concepts of economics into management theory, his work has focused on how a firm (or a region) can build a competitive advantage and develop a competitive ...

Chris Argyris

Chris Argyris

1st Edition

Edited By John C. Wood, Michael Wood
June 17, 2009

Chris Argyris (b. 1923) was one of the key figures in the Human Relations Movement in the 1960s and 1970s; he is widely regarded as the founding father of the learning organization. His work has made substantial contributions to the understanding of organizational behaviour, organizational learning...

Alfred D. Chandler: Critical Evaluation

Alfred D. Chandler: Critical Evaluation

1st Edition

Edited By John C. Wood, Michael C Wood
February 13, 2008

Alfred D. Chandler (1918–2007) was the founder of modern business history. He was a critical early influence on strategic management and is famous for the dictum that ‘structure follows strategy’. This two-volume collection, a new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Evaluations in ...

Peter F. Drucker

Peter F. Drucker

1st Edition

Edited By Michael C. Wood, John C. Wood
December 15, 2005

A polymath and prolific writer, Peter F. Drucker has published influential books across seven decades. Taking a humanistic approach to management, he emphasises that it is people who create business, which in turn means that they have a crucial role in modern society. This collection gathers ...

Joseph M. Juran

Joseph M. Juran

1st Edition

Edited By John C. Wood, Michael C. Wood
November 11, 2005

For more than seventy years, the teachings and writings of Joseph M. Juran have had a profound impact on the quality of the products we buy and use everyday. His pioneering work in 'quality' is heralded all around the world, and his ideas on total quality management centre upon the role of ...

Alfred P. Sloan Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

Alfred P. Sloan: Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

1st Edition

Edited By John C. Wood, Michael C. Wood
December 09, 2003

Alfred P. Sloan is credited with the invention of the modern corporation. At the helm of General Motors from 1923 to 1946, he had a profound influence on management thinking in America and much of the Western world through his unique, ahead-of-its-time, management style.Sloan's leadership and the ...

Frank and Lilian Gilbreth Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

Frank and Lilian Gilbreth: Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

1st Edition

Edited By John Cunningham Wood, Michael C. Wood
July 23, 2003

Husband and wife, Frank Gilbreth (1868-1924) and Lilian Gilbreth (1878-1972), are the figures most closely identified with time and motion studies. Pushing F.W. Taylor's ideas to the limit, they sought ways to determine 'the one best way to do work'. Their lasting influence is evident in the fact ...

F. W. Taylor Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

F. W. Taylor: Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

1st Edition

Edited By John Cunningham Wood, Michael C. Wood
August 02, 2002

This collection focuses on Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915), the initiator of 'scientific management'. Taylor set out to transform what had previously been a crude art form into a firm body of knowledge. His work is synonymous with breaking down tasks into the smallest detail, diagnosing the ...

Henri Fayol Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

Henri Fayol: Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

1st Edition

Edited By John Cunningham Wood, Michael C. Wood
January 11, 2002

Henri Fayol, (1841-1925) along with F. W. Taylor, is one of the founders of 'classical management'. Fayol's work was the first significant attempt to develop principles of top-level management and one of the first attempts to analyse the different activities that constitute management. Fayol viewed...

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