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Publication date: 1 December 1995

William B. Wolf

Presents the thoughts on decision processes of Chester I. Barnard, one of the century’s greatest management theorists. Includes his classic article, “Mind in everyday…

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Presents the thoughts on decision processes of Chester I. Barnard, one of the century’s greatest management theorists. Includes his classic article, “Mind in everyday affairs”; his unpublished book, “The Significance of Decisive Behaviour in Social Action”; his correspondence with Herbert Simon, and significant comments found in his personal papers.

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Journal of Management History, vol. 1 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-252X

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Publication date: 12 January 2010

Arthur G. Bedeian

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Journal of Management History, vol. 16 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-1348

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Publication date: 1 April 1991

William B. Wolf

An example is given of how monolithic organisations can causethings to grind to a halt by religious adherence to bureaucraticprotocol, and how, on the other hand, a little…

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An example is given of how monolithic organisations can cause things to grind to a halt by religious adherence to bureaucratic protocol, and how, on the other hand, a little nous and influence, by bending the rules, can get things done quickly.

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Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 4 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0953-4814

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Publication date: 1 June 1996

William B. Wolf

Presents anecdotes in the development of aspects of the field of management, relating to Lawrence J. Henderson, Chester I. Barnard, Peter Drucker, Kurt Lewin and J.B

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Presents anecdotes in the development of aspects of the field of management, relating to Lawrence J. Henderson, Chester I. Barnard, Peter Drucker, Kurt Lewin and J.B. Rhine. These suggest that history needs to be viewed in a hermeneutical philosophy where it is seen as presenting the Zeitgeist of its period rather than describing facts or causal relations.

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Journal of Management History, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-252X

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Publication date: 1 February 1992

William B. Wolf

A parable related to ethics among organizations, particularly withregard to relationships between managers and their workforce.

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A parable related to ethics among organizations, particularly with regard to relationships between managers and their workforce.

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Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 5 no. 2
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ISSN: 0953-4814

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Publication date: 1 March 1992

William B. Wolf

The introduction of new systems into companies is illustrated byreal experiences. To get people within the companies to accept andimplement new practices and methods, they…

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The introduction of new systems into companies is illustrated by real experiences. To get people within the companies to accept and implement new practices and methods, they must be made to feel part of the change, identify with it, and feel responsible for its implementation. The consultants and educators should always be aware of the final decisions being made by the people who have to carry out the changes.

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Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 5 no. 3
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ISSN: 0953-4814

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Publication date: 1 June 1994

William B. Wolf

A short case illustrating significant aspects of organizationaldiagnosis.

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A short case illustrating significant aspects of organizational diagnosis.

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Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 7 no. 3
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ISSN: 0953-4814

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Publication date: 1 December 2002

Steven M. Dunphy and James Hoopes

This paper asks whether or not Chester Barnard was a member of an intellectual or managerial “élite”. While it is clear that Barnard provides great insight regarding…

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This paper asks whether or not Chester Barnard was a member of an intellectual or managerial “élite”. While it is clear that Barnard provides great insight regarding leadership and social responsibility, it is also apparent that his views regarding, for example, race relations were, at least by our contemporary standards, unenlightened and may have conformed more with the “élite” of that time. With the stronger democratic sensibilities of our time, represented by affirmative action, etc., Barnard has to be read historically and understood in the light of his own time in order to get out of him what is still useful today. The paper does not propose to resolve the issue of whether or not he was an e´litist. The conclusion is reached, however, that the continuation of the debate regarding Barnard’s membership of an intellectual or managerial e´lite may have implications for the ongoing reading of Barnard’s work by the management students of today.

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Management Decision, vol. 40 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 January 1987

Myra Armistead

Anyone who attempts to publish an article should be familiar with the Writer's Market. This standard reference work, which describes the editorial policies of numerous…

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Anyone who attempts to publish an article should be familiar with the Writer's Market. This standard reference work, which describes the editorial policies of numerous book and journal publishers, is readily available in most libraries and bookstores.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 15 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 1 January 1979

EDWARD BOLAND SMITH

Chester Barnard has never been fully appreciated or fully understood. Most of present day theories in administration stem from Barnard's writings. In this article the…

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Chester Barnard has never been fully appreciated or fully understood. Most of present day theories in administration stem from Barnard's writings. In this article the author attempts to show that although Barnard's theory is complex, the key to understanding it is “the concept of limitation,” itself quite unique. The functional nature of limitation is shown and its relationship to current system analyses.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 17 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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