Defining Management explains the inexorable rise of the world’s most widespread professional service industry
How business schools, consultants and the media built an empire around the evolution of management as an idea and practice
TORONTO – Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – A new book, Defining Management, charts the evolution of management ideas and practices from their earliest expression within churches and households through their visionary packaging by business schools, consultants and media into a massive global industry.
Published by Routledge and co-authored by renowned professors at leading business schools in Canada, Sweden and Turkey, Defining Management examines how a lucrative and ubiquitous industry developed around business schools, consultants, and business media who are now widely considered the authorities regarding best management practices.
For the first time, this narrative deftly navigates management scholarship and historical record to reveal how these actors – on their own and in conjunction – gained public acceptance and influence over management and managers, expanded across the globe from often modest and not always respected origins, and impacted businesses as well as the economy and society more broadly.
Building on existing scholarly work and groundbreaking new research, the book reveals a comprehensive new understanding of the rise of management to its current prominence and ubiquity.
Defining Management will prove eye-opening to all those studying and practicing management today and should also be of interest to journalists seeking to better understand the role of the business media in the evolution of management.
About the Authors
Matthias Kipping is Professor of Policy and Chair in Business History at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada. He has published numerous articles and co-edited two books on the consulting business. He is also co-editor, with McKinsey Global Managing Partner, Dominic Barton, and Schulich Dean, Dezsö J. Horváth, of the forthcoming Re-Imagining Capitalism, published by Oxford University Press.
Lars Engwall is Professor Emeritus of Business Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has published widely on institutional change and the diffusion of management ideas, in particular the role of management education and of the media.
Behlül Üsdiken is Professor of Management and Organization at Sabanci University, Turkey. His work on business education and organizational research has appeared in various journals, including the Journal of Management Studies, as well as in edited collections.
For more information or to order a copy of Defining Management, please visit the Routledge website.
Known as Canada’s Global Business School™, the Schulich School of Business in Toronto is ranked among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global surveys. Schulich’s MBA program is ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights, the world’s largest circulation magazine with an explicit focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, in a global survey that identifies which schools are doing the best job of preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. Schulich’s MBA program is also ranked #1 in Canada and among the world’s leading schools by The Economist, Forbes and CNN Expansión. Schulich is also ranked among the world’s top 35 business schools for a career in investment banking in a global survey by eFinancialCareers.com. The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program is ranked #5 in the world by The Economist and #1 in Canada by the Financial Times of London. For complete ranking details, please visit www.schulich.yorku.ca.
Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich offers business programs year-round at its state-of-the-art complex at York University; at its Miles S. Nadal Management Centre located in the heart of the Toronto’s financial district; and at its new campus in Hyderabad, India. Schulich also operates a number of satellite centres in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Mumbai, India; Seoul, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schulich offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to rewarding careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and has 27,000 alumni working in over 90 countries. The School pioneered Canada’s first International MBA (IMBA) and International BBA (iBBA) degrees, as well as North America’s first ever cross-border Executive MBA degree, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. In addition to Schulich’s Master of Finance and Master of Accounting degrees, the School launched one of the world’s first Master of Business Analytics and Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure degrees. Schulich’s Executive Education Centre provides executive development programs annually to more than 10,000 executives in Canada and abroad.
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