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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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Writings in the Interwar Period

Writings in the Interwar Period

(p.67) 4 Writings in the Interwar Period
Lyndall Urwick, Management Pioneer

Edward Brech

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John F. Wilson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter starts with the state of the ‘management movement’ in Britain in the interwar period as a background context, but mainly deals with Urwick's early writings, starting with four books or contributions to books written when he was still at Rowntree's. One article in particular, on ‘The Principles of Direction and Control’ has been seen as a seminal synthesis of organizational ideas. While at the International Management Institute (IMI) he wrote ‘Management of Tomorrow’, his most comprehensive book, reflecting on four key dimensions of management at the time. Then in 1937, he was invited by Luther Gulick, the Director of the American Institute of Public Administration, to co‐edit what is recognized as one of the most important books of management thought of the 1930s, ‘Papers on the Science of Administration’.

Keywords:   management theory, organization theory, scientific management, management of tomorrow, science of administration, rationalization, factory organization

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