Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

Introduction to This JAME Special Issue: A Look Back through Management History

Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

Introduction to This JAME Special Issue: A Look Back through Management History

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The purpose of this special issue of JAME is to examine what an understanding of management history can mean for today's managers and students of management. From 15 submitted manuscripts, the referee process selected a medley of ideas about management techniques and their origins, using quantitative and qualitative approaches to management, and how history can provide a better understanding of what managers do in their daily tasks.

We begin with David Lamond's article comparing the pioneering work of French executive, Henri Fayol, with Henry Mintzberg's more recent analysis of the roles managers have in their organizations. By comparing what managers do with what they should do, Lamond's article yields an up-dated understanding of the job of the manager. Next, Jon Beard and David Van Fleet's contribution provides lessons to be learned from the history of science in our study of management. They suggest how quantitative and qualitative methods can fit together, but in the end we must build knowledge "amid the turbulent waters of the practice of management."

Third, Sonya Premeaux explores the work of Eadweard Muybridge as the "true father of motion study." Building on the efforts of Thomas Edison and Etienne-Jules Marey, Muybridge preceded the more famous work of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth in the use of motion study to improve work methods. Fourth, Anita Heck and Barbara Wech examine the work of Samuel Stouffer, a sociologist who studied the personal adjustment of soldiers to Army life during World War II. …

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