Management theory and history Pt. 1: Classical Management Theory,articleId-8851.html Given the scale of most commercial operations and the lack of mechanized record-keeping and recording before the industrial revolution, it made sense for most owners of enterprises in those times to carry out management functions by and for themselves. But with growing size and complexity of organizations, the split between owners (individuals, industrial dynasties or groups … Continue reading

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

[from Wikipedia] The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, by Sloan Wilson , is a 1955 novel about the American search for purpose in a world dominated by business. Tom and Betsy Rath share a struggle to find contentment in their hectic and material culture while several other characters fight essentially the same battle, but struggle … Continue reading

FORTUNE’s brief history of the CEO (selections)

[from] Tyrants, Statesmen, and Destroyers (A Brief History of the CEO) Today’s disgraced chieftains are the product of 100 years of evolution. By Jerry Useem November 18, 2002 (FORTUNE Magazine) – Like any of today’s chief executives, John Jacob Astor did his best to stick to a strict daily schedule. As the leading merchant of … Continue reading