Originally published in 2005. This book analyzes the evolution of administrative thought from the nineteenth century to the present, considering it as ideological discourse. Rather than merely being a succession of fads, Gantman shows how each successive discourse about the organization of work serves to legitimate social interests. The book's compelling conclusion is that instead of a tendency towards increasing theoretical refinement, what is more evident is a trend towards fictionalization, which ends in the contemporary paradigm of flatter, more participative and democratic organizational forms. Students and scholars interested in organization theory, management history, the sociology of work or critical management will gain many new insights from this historical reconstruction of the evolution of management thought.

chapter Chapter 1|15 pages

Introduction: Ideology and Administrative Thought

chapter Chapter 2|8 pages

Utopian Socialism as Administrative Ideology

chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

Scientific Management

chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

The Human Relations Ideology

chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

Systemic Rationalism

chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

The New Paradigm of Management

chapter Chapter 10|20 pages

The World of Work under Disorganized Capitalism

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Managerial Ideologies in Historical Perspective

chapter Chapter 13|5 pages

Conclusion: Management Today