Management education and training was a key influence on Canadian capital and labour in the post-World War II decades, however it has been the subject of comparatively little academic inquiry. In many ways, historians have frequently learned about management behavior in unionized workplaces by examining labor-management relations. The management experience has thus often been seen through the eyes of rank-and-file workers rather than from the perspective of managers themselves. This book discusses how managers were trained and educated in Canada in the years following the Second World War.
Making Managers in Canada, 1945 – 1995 seeks to shed light on the experience of workers who have not received much attention in business history: managers. This book approaches management training from both institutional and social history perspectives. Drawing from community colleges, universities, and companies in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec, this book reveals the nature of management education and training in English and French Canada, It integrates institutional analysis, and examines how factors such as gender and social class shaped the development of Canadian management in the post-war years and illustrates the various international influences on Canadian management education.
"Making Managers in Canada, 1945–1995 by labor and management historian Jason Russell is a comprehensive and thorough analysis of the topic by an author who is in command of the material at hand. The book is empirical, not theoretical, and uses a historically materialist methodological approach…Those who read Making Managers in Canada can be sure that it is a well-researched book by a highly respected author. It is by far the most comprehensive work published to date on the importance of including people in any educational program dealing with management." - Joe Martin, director of Canadian business history at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
"Making Managers in Canada, which tracks the changing demographic composition of business classrooms by gender and race, is a useful overview of Canadian business instruction that should contribute to future studies." -Paul Axelrod, Canadian Historical Review
Chapter One: Management in Canada to 1945
Chapter Two: Companies
Chapter Three: Community Colleges
Chapter Four: Universities and Undergraduate Management Education
Chapter Five: Universities and Graduate Management Education
Chapter Six: The Meaning of Management Education and Training in Canada