1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History

    436 Pages
    by Routledge

    436 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The field of management and organizational history has reached a level of maturity that means an overview is long overdue.

    Written by a team of globally renowned scholars, this comprehensive companion analyses management and organizational history, reflecting on the most influential periods and highlighting gaps for future research. From the impact of the Cold War to Global Warming, it examines the field from a wide array of perspectives from humanities to the social sciences.

    Covering the entire spectrum of the field, this volume provides an essential resource for researchers of business and management.

    Part I - The Historic Turn in Management and Organization Studies: Critical Responses  1. Introduction: The Historic Turn in Management and Organization Studies: A companion reading  2. Decentering Wren’s History of Management Thought  3. Why Organization Theory Needs Historical Analyses – And how this should be performed  4. Twenty Years After: Why organization theory needs historical analyses  5. Management & Organizational History: Prospects  6. Revisiting the Historic Turn: A personal reflection  Part II – Debates in Management and Organizational History  7. He Who May Not Be Mentioned: Marx, history, and American business schools  8. A History of Management Histories: Does the story of our past and the way we tell it matter?  9. History in Management Textbooks: Adding, transforming, or more?  Part III – Methods: Doing management and organizational history  10. ‘Managing the Past’  11. Critical Hermeneutics for Critical Organizational History  12. ANTi-History: Toward Amodern history  13. Avec Frontieres: Postcolonialism and the discourse of humanitarianism  14. The Future of History: Posthumanist entrepreneurial storytelling, global warming, and global capitalism  15. Varieties of History in Organization Studies  16. Mothership Reconnection: Microhistory and institutional work compared  Part IV – Rewriting Management and Organizational History  17. History of Management Thought in Context: The case of Elton Mayo in Australia  18. Re-examining ‘Flexibility’ 19. The New Deal for Management & Organizational Studies: Lessons, insights, and reflections  20. Capitalist Ideologues and the Cold War "Struggle for Men’s Minds"  21. A Critical Historiography of Public Relations in Canada: Rethinking an Ahistorical symmetry  Part V – Management and Organizational History at the Margins  22. History and the Absence of Canadian Management Theory  23. Is There Any Future for Critical Management Studies in Latin America? Moving from epistemic colonialist to ‘trans-discipline’  24. The Work of Eduardo Ibarra-Colado  25. The Inner Circle: Towards a ‘Canadian’ Management History - Key Canadian contributors to new institution theory  Part VI – Commentaries on The Future of Management and Organizational History: Does it have a past?  26. Processing History: Bringing process-oriented research to management and organizational history  27. Turning How and Where? The potential for history in management and organizational studies  28. Actors, Networks, Theory, and History – What are we producing?  Part VII – Endnote  29. Essaying History and Management 


    Patricia Genoe McLaren is an Associate Professor in the School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada.

    Albert J. Mills is Professor of Management at Saint Mary's University, Canada and co-chair of the International Board for Critical Management Studies.

    Terrance G. Weatherbee is Professor of Management at Acadia University, Canada.

    'This book provides a much-needed critique of how we do management history and why. It offers a wide variety of perspectives on the subject, critiques existing methodologies and stimulates much-needed debate about historical purpose and practice. Scholars will argue over some of the views presented here for years to come; and that is a very good thing.' - Morgen Witzel, Fellow, Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter and author of A History of Management Thought

    'The editors and authors fulfilled a difficult task: tracing an arc on this topic to represent the ongoing process of thinking "history" in management and organization studies, as well as the intimate connection of history with thinking in our field altogether. An extraordinary collection and ‘must read’ for anyone in Management and Organizational Studies.' - Marta B. Calás, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

    'This much needed volume provides a critical foundation for the new historical turn in management research and scholarship. The authors have assembled a series of writers who provide both a substantive review of organizational theory through a historical lens but also provide a programmatic roadmap for the field.' - Rakesh Khurana, Professor, Harvard Business School, USA