The Canon of Management Thought

15 January 2007 at 8:52 am 1 comment

| Peter Klein |

Gordon Smith points us to David Kennedy and William W. Fisher’s edited volume The Canon of American Legal Thought (Princeton, 2006). The volume features the “twenty most important works of American legal thought since 1890.” Click Gordon’s link for the list, which includes a few items familiar to O&M readers (Coase’s 1960 “The Problem of Social Cost”; Calabresi and Melamed’s 1972 “Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Inalienability”; and possibly Macaulay’s 1963 “Non-Contractual Relations in Business”). The more recent stuff is mostly “critical legal theory” (pomo alert!).

So, what are your selections for the canon of management thought? Both books and articles are fair game. (I imagine the after-1890 constraint won’t be binding.) You can include works in organizational economics if you like.

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  • 1. Dennis C. During  |  15 January 2007 at 11:02 pm

    A Starter List (Books Only):
    Porter, Competitive Strategy
    Deming, Out of the Crisis
    Drucker, The Effective Executive
    Mintzberg, The Nature of Managerial Work
    Henderson, Perspectives on Experience
    Barnard, The Functions of the Executive
    Miller & Rice, Systems of Organization
    Bradford and Cohen, Influence without Authority
    Allen, Getting Things Done
    Gulick and Urwick, Papers in the Science of Administration
    Gordon, Leadership Effectiveness Training
    Goldratt, The Theory of Constraints

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