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Some Effects of Fayolism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2008 (English)In: International Studies of Management and Organisation, ISSN 0020-8825, Vol. 38, no 1, 30-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the early twentieth centruy, the French industrialist and writer Henri Fayol argued that management consists of a set of activities that are common to all organizations. This has proved a durable idea. All over the world, universities and business schools, management consultants, and management gurus teach recommendations for good management. Disregarding the complexity and confusion of managerial practice, they recommend order. Recommendations that are found lacking provide arguments for new recommendations and new types of order. The article argues that management fashions are a consequence of Henri Fayol's notion of general management and the general acceptance of this notion. It is suggested that a contingent notion of management - as the one proposed by the U.S. engineer and consultant Frederick Taylor - describes managerial practice more accurately.

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2008. Vol. 38, no 1, 30-47 p.
Keyword [en]
Management fashions, management, Fayol, Taylor
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-87140DOI: 10.2753/IMO0020-8825380102OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-87140DiVA: diva2:25488
Available from: 2008-09-29 Created: 2008-09-29 Last updated: 2010-07-26Bibliographically approved

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