First published in 1993. This volume compiles the autobiographies of the management discipline’s most distinguished laureates. Prior to this publication, the available management literature provided little insight into the personal and intellectual lives - the frustrations as well as the triumphs - of the individuals in the management discipline. Although such understanding could be conveyed in many forms, perhaps the most intimate and fascinating of these for gaining behind-the-scenes insights is the autobiography. Thus, the autobiographies in this volume, as in the five companion volumes, offer the reader not only a glimpse of the subjective determinants and personal experiences of the management discipline’s most distinguished laureates, but also a deeper understanding of what management is and what it is becoming. The various accounts reflect a diversity of approaches, interests, and experiences.
Preface Arthur G. Bedeian; 1. An Unmanaged Pursuit of Management Lyman W. Porter 2. The Academic as Artist: Personal and Professional Roots Edgar H. Schein 3. "Watch Where You Step!" or Indiana Starbuck Amid the Perils of Academe (Rated PG) William H. Starbuck 4. My Roads to Management Theory and Practice George A. Steiner 5. Present at the Beginning: Some Personal Notes on OB’s Early Days and Later George Strauss 6. Guilty of Enthusiasm Eric L. Trist 7. Up the Management Mountain Stanley C. Vance 8. Improvising and Muddling Through Victor H. Vroom 9. Turning Context into Text: An Academic Life as Data Karl E. Weick 10. From Participant Observer to Participatory Action Researcher William Foote Whyte 11. From Practice to Theory: Odyssey of a Manager James C. Worthy