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Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution

Yehouda Shenhav


Management is a powerful mode of thought and code of conduct in the modern world, closely associated with the American way and a natural extension of economic progress. This is a book about the history and development of management and managerial rationality in the United States of America in the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century. Through careful analysis of contemporary records in the engineering profession, the author shows how management invented itself and carved its own domain in the face of hostility and resistance from both manufacturers and workers. The book demons ... More

Keywords: management, American way, United States of America, economic progress, managerial rationality, industrial engineering, manufacturers, workers, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250004
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yehouda Shenhav, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, Tel-Aviv University
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