What isn't management and why doesn't it matter? This
compelling book leads the reader away from the stories told by managers and
management theories to show the secret history of the field.
In characterizing the progress of management as a war on
workers, this book offers a controversial and revealing alternative
intellectual history of this overwhelming discipline. The author employs a
unique range of theories and sources, including the founding fathers of
management, US labour and social history, and earlier intellectual figures such
as Marx and Weber alongside the contemporary insights of Foucault and European
and American workerist and post-workerist thought, to shed light on the world
This book is key reading for researchers and students
across the social sciences. With a controversial and stimulating approach, it
also engages readers with a general interest in business and management issues.
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Gerard Hanlon is Professor of Organizational Sociology at Queen Mary University of London, UK.
Part I: Introducing the Violence of Management Introduction: Managing the Free Gifts of the General Intellect and the Division of Labour Chapter 1: Management's Authoritarian Heart Part II: The Dark Nature of Management Knowledge Chapter 2: `Class Struggle without Class?' - Attempting to manufacture incompetence Chapter 3: `An Almost Equal Division of the Work and the Responsibility' - Driving towards the mass industrial subject Chapter 4: `Spontaneous Co-Operation' - Excavating the soul Part III: Conclusion - Management, neoliberalism and a history of violence Chapter 5: `Confiscate the Soul' - Taylor, Mayo and the fundamentals of management Chapter 6: Management: The first neoliberal `Science' Appendix: Management, Durkheim and Discipline