The Rise and Fall of Management

  • ID: 1084882
  • April 2012
  • 298 Pages
  • Ashgate Publishing
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Insight into today's economic and financial problems comes, in this revealing book, from an understanding of how and why the practice and the teaching of management has developed as it has. Gordon Pearson, who has spent equal parts of his long career as a practising manager and a management educator, clarifies through rigorous historical review the difficult issues around management with which we struggle today, such as why management custom and practice so often lead to contravention of the law.

Pearson reviews how management became a practice and body of understanding, the development of its crucial role in economic progress, and then how its corruption came about as a result of malign theory, leading to the dominance of the bonus payment culture and short term deal-making that plague us today. Understanding management's past, suggests Pearson, will help its improvement for the future. Contributing to that understanding, this challenging book sheds light on how management might be renewed and on the benign role it could play if freed from the restraints of inappropriate economic theory.

This book is not just a history or a sociological analysis of management. It gives READ MORE >

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Part 1 The Emergence of Management Responsibilities: Creating the first economic surplus;

An economic theory of industry and commerce;

Industrialization and management responsibilities;

The developing economic and political context.

Part 2 The Rise of Professional Management: New world, big business and educating management;

Division of management labour;

Theories of management;

Management in practice.

Part 3 The Educated Fall of Management: Seduction by the new strategic management;

Friedman and business friendly government;

Business schools versus management education.

Part 4 Management for New Responsibilities: The emerging perspective;




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'Gordon Pearson's new book fills an important gap. In the course of a careful and absorbing institutional history, he demolishes some of management's pervasive and damaging myths – such as the primacy of shareholder value – and restates its enduring verities.To reshape management for the future, we need to know how it developed and why. This is the place to start.' Simon Caulkin (Management Editor, The Observer)

'This is an extremely insightful and challenging contribution to our understanding of management theory and practice. It offers a powerful and significant critique of the evolution of organizational life – one that is particularly suited to the times. Gordon Pearson’s book will make a major impact on the field and is simply a must for any management researcher’s bookshelf.' – John Hassard, Professor of Organizational Analysis, Manchester Business School

Pearson has written an illuminating and readable account of the practice, theory and context of management: a lively and provocative book that will make the reader question and rethink the ethos and morality of free market capitalism. The book will be invaluable for postgraduate business students and practitioners alike. – Mihaela Kelemen, Professor of Management Studies, Keele University

'The global recession means that management is in crisis. In this very readable book, Gordon Pearson reflects on his extensive practical and academic experience to explain what the problem is, and what can be done about it. This is a really provocative read for anyone who wants to understand what has gone wrong in the Business School, and the boardroom.' – Martin Parker, Professor of Organisation and Culture, Leicester University School of Management

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