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Lyndall Urwick, Management PioneerA Biography$
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Edward Brech, Andrew Thomson, and John F. Wilson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541966.001.0001

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The International Management Institute

The International Management Institute

(p.48) 3 The International Management Institute
Lyndall Urwick, Management Pioneer

Edward Brech

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John F. Wilson (Contributor Webpage)

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The International Management Institute (IMI) was a joint creation of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the American Twentieth‐Century Fund, which had different goals and philosophies, leading to tensions which had resulted in the removal of Urwick's predecessor and caused ongoing problems for Urwick. Nevertheless, Urwick made a considerable success of a challenging role, enlarging the membership, publishing an interesting bulletin, carrying out various research projects, setting up a significant number of Management Research Groups (MRGs), networking widely, and even finding time to do writing of his own. But the World Depression of the early 1930s magnified the internal tensions, while currency issues caused financial problems and political instability in Europe also created difficulties. Urwick and his staff essentially aligned themselves with the ILO perspective, leading to the Twentieth‐Century Fund withdrawing its financial contribution from the end of 1933.

Keywords:   international management, internal tensions, MRGs, Twentieth‐Century Fund, ILO, international networking

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