George Elton Mayo (1880-1949) is widely recognized as the progenitor of the human relations movement in management and his work laid the foundations for later management and organizational thinking.
Mayo's work highlighted the importance of communication between management and workers and identified the now-accepted notion that work satisfaction, and therefore productivity, lies in recognition, security, and a sense of belonging, rather than monetary rewards. His findings were contrary to the theories of his contemporaries that the worker is motivated solely by self-interest (e.g. Taylorism). Mayo's work on human motivation revolutionized the theory and practice of management. This collection evaluates Mayo's role in shaping business and management studies upto the present day. It includes a new introduction and an extensive annotated bibliography.
Recent titles in this series include, Alfred P. Sloan (October 2003, 2 volumes, £250) and Frank and Lilian Gilbreth (May 2003, 2 volumes, £250). Forthcoming titles include, W. E. Deming (November 2004, 3 volumes, c.£395) and Joseph M. Juran (2005, 1 volume, c.£145)
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.