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Lyndall Urwick, Management PioneerA Biography$
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Edward Brech, Andrew Thomson, and John F. Wilson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541966.001.0001

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Lyndall Urwick, Management Pioneer
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Edward Brech

Andrew Thomson (Contributor Webpage)

John F. Wilson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541966.003.0003

Urwick was introduced to Seebohm Rowntree, chairman of Rowntree's, through his performance at one of Rowntree's Balliol conferences, leading to the offer of a job in a company which was the most intellectually stimulating base for the management discussion and skills in Britain. He worked on the company journal, on an internal reorganization consultancy and as deputy manager of sales and marketing, all of which gave him valuable experience. In 1926, Rowntree made him secretary of one of his pet projects, the Management Research Groups (MRGs), and nominated him to attend the International Economic Conference as a British delegate, leading to him being invited to write a book about its outcomes. As a fortuitous development from these experiences, he was invited to become the Director of the International Management Institute (IMI) in 1928. He also read widely and began his eclectic writing career; overall, the Rowntree period was ‘the making of him’.

Keywords:   Rowntree's, staff journal, internal consultancy, marketing, MRGs, rationalization

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