Organization Behaviour,1890-1940

Organization Behaviour,1890-1940

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The period 1890-1940 marks the first systematic attempt to analyse and understand how commercial organizations function. Prior to this period, most attention had been focused on inputs into businesses--specifically the three factors of production: land, labour and capital--and to a much lesser extent, on the products and services they produced and sold. Now, businessmen and social scientists alike began turning their attention to the organization itself: how it was formed, how it was organized and controlled, and how it functioned. In doing so, they laid the groundwork for the field that we know today as organization behaviour. This set includes work by both academics and practitioners, including some of the leading business thinkers of the early twentieth century: Elton Mayo, Mary Parker Follett, Dexter Kimball and Lillian Gilbreth. Together, the submissions show how new disciplines like psychology and sociology as well as the principles of scientific management were brought to bear on the problem. Then as now, the problems faced by the managers of large businesses were both practical and moral: how to achieve maximum efficiency, how to create a workplace climate that attracted the most highly skilled and loyal employees, how to ensure efficient communication and promote innovation, and how to achieving lasting competitive advantage and success. (Many of these themes were also touched on in Thoemmes Press's earlier set qHuman Resource Management, and qOrganization Behaviour serves as a valuable companion to that collection.)This factory and these houses are my private property (assuming a one-man ownership for simplicity), therefore I have an absolute right to do what I like with them. I run the factory for my own gain; it was ... No one denies the right of a landlord to have his property respected by his tenants; but most of us live in leased houses and this is true of almost all manual workers in industry. And landlords do in factanbsp;...

Title:Organization Behaviour,1890-1940
Author:Morgen Witzel
Publisher:A&C Black - 2001-05-15


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