Oxford handbook of management
|Wilkinson, Adrian; Armstrong, Steven J.; Lounsbury, Michael
|Oxford University Press , Oxford, 2017
The purpose of this handbook is to analyse and explore the evolution of management: the core functions and how they may have changed; its position in the culture/zeitgeist of modern society; the institutions and ideologies that support it; and likely challenges and changes in the future. We then ask whether the twentieth century was the ‘golden age’ of the corporate, bureaucratic manager and if so what we might expect in the future. And if this was indeed a ‘golden age’ why has there been such an upsurge in interest in management in the last fifty years—with a huge growth in management education, and management and business cultures? The handbook provides both an overview and detailed analyses of the main functions and how these may have changed over time. It comprises original chapters by leading international scholars in the field from around the globe. A key dynamic is a retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline, with a critical assessment of past and present theory that also looks to the future. It emphasizes the theoretical diversity within management by examining the integrity and intellectual coherence of the field while also looking at resonances within and between its key components. The interdisciplinary nature of the field is reflected in the contributions whose aims are to analyse, promote, and critique the role of management. Each chapter offers a comprehensive, critical overview of aspects of the field, a discussion of key debates and research, and a review of the emerging agenda in the topic area.