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The Evolution of Management Thought, 7th Edition

The Evolution of Management Thought, 7th Edition

Daniel A. Wren, Arthur G. Bedeian

ISBN: 978-1-119-40008-0

Sep 2017

440 pages


The seventh edition of author Daniel Wren's and Arthur Bedeian’s classic text provides a comprehensive understanding of the origin and development of ideas in management. This text traces the evolution of management thought from its earliest days to the present, by examining the backgrounds, ideas and influences of its major contributors.

Every chapter in the seventh edition of The Evolution of Management Thought has been thoroughly reviewed and updated to convey an appreciation of the people and ideas underlying the development of management theory and practice. The new edition includes an Instructor’s Manual and a PowerPoint package featuring 650 photographs, charts, and other visual materials. The authors’ intent is to place various theories of management in their historical context, showing how they’ve changed over time. The text does this in a chronological framework, yet each part is designed as a separate and self-contained unit of study; substantial cross-referencing provides the opportunity for connecting earlier to later developments as a central unifying theme.

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Part I Early Management Thought

Chapter 1 A Prologue to the Past

Chapter 2 Management before Industrialization

Chapter 3 The Industrial Revolution: Challenges and Perspective

Chapter 4 Management Pioneers in the Early Factory

Chapter 5 The Industrial Revolution in the United States

Chapter 6 Industrial Growth and Systematic Management

Part II The Scientific Management Era

Chapter 7 The Advent of Scientific Management

Chapter 8 Spreading the Gospel of Efficiency

Chapter 9 The Human Factor: Preparing the Way

Chapter 10 The Emergence of Management and Organization Theory

Chapter 11 Scientific Management in Theory and Practice

Chapter 12 Scientific Management in Retrospect

Part III The Social Person Era

Chapter 13 The Hawthorne Studies

Chapter 14 The Search for Organizational Integration

Chapter 15 People and Organizations

Chapter 16 Organizations and People

Chapter 17 Human Relations in Theory and Practice

Chapter 18 The Social-Person Era in Retrospect

Part IV Moving Onward: The Near Present

Chapter 19 Management Theory and Practice

Chapter 20 Organizational Behavior and Organization Theory

Chapter 21 Science and Systems in an Information Age

Chapter 22 Obligations and Opportunities

Chapter 23 Epilogue

Name Index

Subject Index


  • Updates to Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22
  • Chapter 19 features updates on evidence-based management, the management theory-practice divide, global studies of managerial work,  multinational enterprise and global business strategy, and management’s role in developing dynamic capabilities
  •  Chapter 20 features updates on managing across borders – Project GLOBE, strategic human-resource management, and organization theory across cultures
  • Chapter 21 features updates on lean manufacturing, international organization for standards (ISO), and the digital hand and globalization
  • Chapter 22 features updates multinational enterprise and business ethics, social responsibility, and environmental management, and social entrepreneurship
  • Features an Instructor’s Manual and PowerPoint package prepared by Regina Scannell Greenwood and Julia Kurtz Teahan
  • Includes 650+ photographs, charts, and other visual materials