Academic journal article Manager

A Brief History of the IAM

Academic journal article Manager

A Brief History of the IAM

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IN this 90th anniversary special issue we look back on the important milestones in the history of the IAM.

1915 - the Institute was founded by a group of senior executives who met in the London School of Economics (University of London) to share experience and best practice in the management of administrative operations.

1932 - the formation of the Office Management Association with a new emphasis on the study of office organisation and practices to discover and disseminate the means by which higher levels of efficiency could be achieved.

Inevitably, the OMA soon came to recognise the importance of providing training for people employed in offices and the strategic potential of the systematic training of managers.

1946 - the OMA became an examining body offering a Certificate in Organisation & Methods and a Certificate in Office Supervision, together with a Diploma in Office Management.

The Institute was also an early pioneer in promulgating the use of computer technology in the office.

The developments in information technology, telecommunications and reprographics in administrative environments were paralleled by the Institute's research and development of applications of new management thinking in office environments.

1960 - the Office Management Association changed its name to the Institute of Office Management, changing again to the Institute of Administrative Management in 1972. …

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