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Lyndall Urwick, Management Pioneer: A Biography

Edward Brech, Andrew Thomson, and John F. Wilson


The book reviews the career of Lyndall Urwick, the dominant figure in British management between the late 1920s and the early 1960s, both in terms of his writings and his passion in pursuit of management as a scientific and systematic activity rather than the rule‐of‐thumb approach to decision‐making all too prevalent in Britain. He was greatly influenced by his experiences in the First World War and at Rowntree's, before becoming Director of the International Management Institute (IMI) between 1928–33 and then forming a very influential management consultancy, Urwick Orr and Partners (UOP), w ... More

Keywords: management history, biography, classical theory, consultancy, internationalism, management development, management education, institutional development, military influence on management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199541966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Brech, author
Formerly Research Fellow, Open University

Andrew Thomson, author
Emeritus Professor, Open University
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John F. Wilson, author
Professor of Strategy, University of Liverpool
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