WOW academic co-authors ‘The most comprehensive and in-depth examination of its subject matter in the marketplace’.

COVID-19 and its associated global economic collapse has bluntly revealed that decision makers everywhere are ill-equipped to identify the innovative capacities of modern societies and, in particular, deploy workplace managers to harness such capabilities.

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Management – as a profession, as a mean for organising work and generating employment and wealth – is something that we all continually encounter lives, either as employees, consumer or through engagement as managers.  A study of management history therefore brings into focus humanity’s most pressing questions: What is management? How do its modern methods differ from those in pre-industrial societies? How do the management systems that emerged in Western Europe and North America in the nineteenth century differ from forms practiced in the twentieth? In what ways do Asian, African and South American societies have distinctive managerial philosophies?

It is to these fundamental questions that the Palgrave Handbook of Management History speaks.

Professor Bradley Bowden

WOW members, Professor Bradley Bowden (Griffith University) and Professor Anthony M. Gould (Laval University and Adjunct Professor, Griffith University) co-edited this two-volume, 1465 page, work with Jeffrey Muldoon (Emporia State University), and Adela McMurray (RMIT University). In doing so, this work explores almost every aspect of employment, work and management. Included in its pages are studies of management in antiquity, during the Middle Ages, and across the globe.

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The publication’s 63 chapters – authored by 27 of the world’s leading management and business thinkers – explore virtually every aspect of management globally as well as across millennia. The series explores the theoretical contributions of classical Western business and management scholars (Adam Smith, Frederick Taylor, Elton Mayo, Peter Drucker, Alfred Chandler, etc.) as well as commentaries from critical theorists such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Hayden White.

The Handbook is also practical and comes at a time when history can guide workplaces and managers during the most difficult financial crisis in history. For instance, its content addresses the day to day experience of management in ancient Greece and Rome as well as the contemporary approaches of China, France, South Africa, India, Denmark, Australia, South America, New Zealand and the Middle East.

In short, the Palgrave Handbook provides students of economics, management, business theory and practice, and critical studies with a single comprehensive and in-depth point of reference. &(this[n]=c)},