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The contributions of Chester Barnard to strategic management theory

Dave McMahon (Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, USA)
Jon C. Carr (Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, USA)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 August 1999

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Abstract

Chester Barnard’s The Functions of the Executive (1938) represents a book of historical significance to the study of management. Using the fundamental principles that Barnard outlines, an application of these principles is made to the area of strategic management. The analysis focuses specifically on two main areas: the movement from a static to a dynamic model and the role of the environment. Highlights the importance of returning to the work of early writers and their contribution to the future development of management disciplines.

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McMahon, D. and Carr, J.C. (1999), "The contributions of Chester Barnard to strategic management theory", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 5 No. 5, pp. 228-240. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552529910282222

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