Developing People Organisations and Communities

'Management' - where did it come from?

‘Management’ is one of the most enduring and pervasive social ideas of our time – yes, it is social idea and social ideal.  For good or ill it pervades working life, organisations, economics and consumption as well as our cherished public institutions and services. Where did it come from? Well the answer is the later industrial revolution of mid-Europe circa 1900 or so courtesy of the great rationalist and sociologist Max Weber. He observed the emergence of the managerial class organising industry and bringing to bear a new rigour to institutions.  He observed emergent bureaucracy, charismatic leadership and the notion of the protestant ethic that led to capitalist economic activity. See more in the book linked below where a chapter is devoted to Weber and how he would look at the world today:

NEW BOOK: Back For the Future! Sociological Theory and Today’s Big Issues

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