Book Review

Book Review: A New History of Management

Citation

Lord G & Pierides D (2019) Book Review: A New History of Management. Review of: A New History of Management. By Stephen Cummings, Todd Bridgman, John Hassard and Michael Rowlinson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 380 pages, ISBN 9781316481202. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18 (3), pp. 521-525. https://doi.org/10.5465/amle.2018.0280

Abstract
A New History of Management (ANHM) sets a renewed and higher standard for teaching the history of our field. It confronts commonly accepted textbook representations of the history of management with novel interpretations of ‘classical texts’, supported by new historical case materials, which together challenge many conventional narratives about management that would typically be taught in business schools. In the authors’ words, “without critical questioning, the little that we remember of our past becomes inevitable, both as the truth about our past and for our future horizons too” (p. 320). The authors of ANHM expect that readers who understand the socio-political contexts which led to the development of each of the ‘classics’, will be convinced to abandon the idea that management theory emerged solely as a response to, and in the quest for, efficiency.

Keywords
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management; Education

Notes
Output Type: Book Review

Journal
Academy of Management Learning & Education: Volume 18, Issue 3

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Manchester
Publication date30/09/2019
Publication date online16/10/2019
Date accepted by journal01/10/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28911
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN1537-260X
eISSN1944-9585
Item discussedA New History of Management. By Stephen Cummings, Todd Bridgman, John Hassard and Michael Rowlinson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 380 pages, ISBN 9781316481202