The Evolution of Management ThoughtBy David A Wren & Arthur G Bedeian
It is our pleasure to announce that the eighth edition of The Evolution of Management Thought has been released and that digital evaluation copies are now available. Over the nearly half-century since the publication of EMT’s first edition, we have come to more fully appreciate that everything about management as an academic discipline—its language, its theories, its models, and its methodologies, not to mention its implicit values, its professional institutions, and its scholarly ways—comes from its inherited traditions. In the belief that contemporary scholarship within the management discipline suffers to the extent that it lacks an appreciation of the past’s impact on current thinking, our new edition traces the evolution of management thought from its earliest days to the present, examining the backgrounds, ideas, and influences of its major contributors.
In preparing this new edition, our intent was to place various theories of management in their historical context, showing how they have changed over time. As with previous editions, we exhort readers to eschew what might be called “straight-line thinking” in associating individual factors with specific events. Throughout 22 chapters, we move back and forth through time highlighting unsuspected connections, demonstrating that history is more than simply a sequence of disparate events and personalities that careen through time and space. As a special feature, this edition includes a PowerPoint package (prepared by Regina Scannell Greenwood and the late Julia Kurtz Teahen) featuring 650 photographs, charts, and other visual materials.
Request a digital evaluation copy by pasting the following URL into your browser: https://www.wiley.com/en-us/The+Evolution+of+Management+Thought%2C+8th+Edition-p-9781119692904
We remain grateful for the suggestions and encouragement of the many people who have used previous editions of The Evolution of Management Thought in the classroom and in their own research. For more information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Daniel A. Wren
David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus
The University of Oklahoma