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Creating New Knowledge in ManagementAppropriating the Field's Lost Foundations$
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Ellen O'Connor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770750

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770750.001.0001

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Introduction and Problem

Introduction and Problem

No Institution of Management Knowledge

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Creating New Knowledge in Management
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770750.003.0001

The business school and the management academy are institutions charged with the task of developing the science and profession of management, but do not do so and have not organized themselves to do so. In the early twentieth century, Mary Parker Follett (1868–1933) and Chester Barnard (1886–1961) established foundations of a science of management and reformed the classical tradition of knowledge for governance, or paideia/humanitas. However, their work was never integrated by the institutions and remains largely unrecognized and unutilized. This book recaptures these lost foundations of management and explores how to use them. It reintroduces Follett and Barnard as the founders of management science and offers a prehistory of university-based business schools, including their mutual institutionalization with the professions and the research universities. It also analyzes the results of experiments in applying Follett's and Barnard's science in contemporary teaching and research. This book is the first to offer a history of institutionalized and uninstitutionalized management knowledge.

Keywords:   business schools, management science, management, management knowledge, Mary Parker Follett, Chester Barnard, research universities, research, teaching

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