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The Evolution of Management Thought, 9/e (2023)

  • 1.  The Evolution of Management Thought, 9/e (2023)

    Posted 10-02-2023 12:14

    October 1, 2023

    Dear Management History Division Colleagues,

    It is our pleasure to announce that digital evaluation copies of the newly released nineth edition of The Evolution of Management Thought are now available. Designed for upper-level and graduate courses, this new edition further cements The Evolution of Management Thought's place, over the past half-century, as the field of management history's leading text.

    Far more than a chronicle of the historical development of modern management's many roots, The Evolution of Management Thought is a fascinating telling of how ideas about the nature of work, the nature of human beings, and the nature of organizations have changed throughout history.

    The Evolution of Management Thought's methodology is analytic, synthetic, and interdisciplinary. It is analytic, in that it examines the backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs of people who made significant contributions to management thinking. It is synthetic, in that it weaves developmental trends, social movements, and environmental forces into a conceptual framework for understanding how management thinking has evolved within and across generations. It is interdisciplinary, in that it draws insights from economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology to explain why management thinking has developed as it has. 

    This new edition traces the intellectual history of modern management thought as an activity and as an academic discipline in a way that makes reading The Evolution of Management Thought a thoroughly enjoyable encounter.

    Request a digital evaluation copy by pasting the following URL into your browser:

    We remain grateful for the suggestions and encouragement of the many people who have used previous editions of The Evolution of Management Thought in the classroom and in their own research. For more information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


    Daniel A. Wren


    Arthur G. Bedeian

    Arthur G. Bedeian
    Boyd Professor Emeritus
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA 70810 USA