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Manufacturing RationalityThe Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution$
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Yehouda Shenhav

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250004.001.0001

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Deus ex Machina: Concluding Remarks

Deus ex Machina: Concluding Remarks

(p.195) 7 Deus ex Machina: Concluding Remarks
Manufacturing Rationality

Yehouda Shenhav

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the genealogy of management ideology from the Civil War until the Great Depression, and emphasizes the conflictive biography of management rhetoric and practice. It further points to the cultural idiosyncrasy of American management and provides an international comparative framework. The chapter ends with the argument that much of management and organization theory is epistemologically infused with the ideological parameters that were born during the efforts to establish the legitimization of management. This is illustrated with a discussion of three key managerial concepts: system, rationality, and uncertainty, and their canonization in organization theory.

Keywords:   management ideology, Civil War, Great Depression, management practice, American management, organization theory, system, rationality, uncertainty

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