The Management Century

Crainer, Stuart
January 2000
Business Book Review Library;2000, Vol. 17 Issue 11, p1
Book Summary
At the turn of the 20th century, management remained largely unexplored except for a little known definition offered by Henry Fayol who formulated a distinct managerial philosophy that contributed to the management century. Henry Ford&x2019;s concept of the assembly line was closely linked to that of scientific management. In 1923, when Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr., the president of General Motors, replaced Billy Durant& x2019;s erratic one-man leadership style with an executive team he turned the upper layers of management into a reliable, efficient, machine. World War II was a key event in the evolution of management theory and practice. It fused the emerging human relations school of thinking with the mass production techniques of the preceding 40 years. The 1950s saw the rise of the loyal corporate man.


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