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Handbook of Research on Management and Organizational History

Edited by Kyle Bruce, Macquarie Business School, Australia
Emerging from what was a somewhat staid sub-discipline, there is currently a battle for the soul of management and organizational history (MOH), at the centre of which is a widespread concern that much recent work has been more about how one should or might do history rather than actually doing historical work. If ever there was a time for a new volume on MOH, this is certainly it.
Extent: c 336 pp
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Publication Date: April 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78811 848 4
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Emerging from what was a somewhat staid sub-discipline, there is currently a battle for the soul of management and organizational history (MOH), at the centre of which is a widespread concern that much recent work has been more about how one should or might do history rather than actually doing historical work. If ever there was a time for a new volume on MOH, this is certainly it.

This Handbook affords space to both these perspectives, as well as uncovering unorthodox and unconventional topics and approaches to more familiar territory with an emphasis on new and revisionist viewpoints.

Management and Organizational history researchers, doctoral (and other) students and instructors working in this sub-discipline will discover cutting-edge work with novel treatments of familiar terrain in the Handbook of Research on Management and Organizational History.
‘Kyle Bruce has succeeded in producing a worthwhile introduction to the tension between management historians who actually do historical work and their post-modern colleagues who write about how one should or might do it. The contributed chapters composing the Handbook of Research on Management and Organizational History make abundantly clear that the practice of history cannot be separated from its theoretical foundations. Regardless of academic persuasion – whether one thinks that all interpretations of the past are invented or, in contrast, believe that there is an objective reality – readers of all stripes will benefit from being exposed to the arguments advanced by adherents of both camps.’
– Arthur G. Bedeian, Louisiana State University, US
Contributors include: A. Barros, F. Bastien, A. Booth, T. Bridgman, N. Cornelius, S. Cummings, D. Coraiola, G. Durepos, B. Foster, A. Gillett, M. Maclean, R. Marens, P. McLaren, A. Mills, J.H. Mills, J. Muldoon, E. O’Connor, R. Pistol, H. Schachter, G. Shaw, K. Tennent, C. Quinn-Trank, M. Witzel, S. Wanderley, K. Williams, T. Yu, Y. Zoller
Contents:

Introduction: the hotly contested present state of management and organisational history
Kyle Bruce

Part I Classic Foundations
1. Thinking differently about Adam Smith’s legacy for management studies
Stephen Cummings and Todd Bridgman

2. The uses of Frederick Winslow Taylor: how management theorists have interpreted Scientific Management over the years and why
Hindy Schachter

3. Contested paths: a meta-analytical review of the Hawthorne studies’ literature
Jeff Muldoon and Yaron Zoller

4. Making the Res Publica: The political basis of management in the US: the works of Joseph Wharton, Mary Parker Follett, and Chester Barnard
Ellen S. O’Connor

5. Seebohm Rowntree and the British interwar management movement
Mairi Maclean, Gareth Shaw, Alan Booth, Rachel Pistol and Morgen Witzel

Part II Alternative Voices
6. From West Point to Points West: the French absolutist roots of the American industrial corporation
Richard Marens

7. Towards a Zen-informed approach to management and organizational history
Tianyuan Yu, Albert J. Mills and Jean Helms Mills

8. Sport and project management: a window into the development of temporary organizations
Alex Gillett and Kevin Tennent

9. Decolonialism and management (geo)history: is the past also a place?
Amon Barros and Sérgio Wanderley

10. The commercial practices of the crown and the state: locating British trade with, and ‘commercial imperialism’ in, Africa, in the geopolitics of Europe
Nelarine Cornelius

Part III About History
11. Feminist critical historiography: Undoing history–A conceptual model
Kristin S. Williams and Albert J. Mills

12. Unpacking Organizational Re-membering
Bill Foster, Diego Coraiola, Chris Quinn-Trank and François Bastien

13 Contextualizing the historian: An ANTi-History perspective
Gabie Durepos, Albert J. Mills and Patricia McLaren

Index