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Fayol’s Principles and the Rule of St Benedict: is there anything new under the sun?

Michael Henry Kennedy (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 August 1999

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The Rule of St Benedict, written by Benedict of Nursia in the sixth century, provided guidance for running monasteries. Fourteen hundred years later, Henri Fayol developed his Principles of Management. Although from different times, Benedict’s Rule foreshadowed Fayol’s Principles and showed that the basics of management go back to antiquity.

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Henry Kennedy, M. (1999), "Fayol’s Principles and the Rule of St Benedict: is there anything new under the sun?", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 5 No. 5, pp. 269-276. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552529910282259

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