Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. (1918-2007)

15 May 2007 at 9:23 am 1 comment

| Peter Klein |

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., passed away last Wednesday at the age of 88. Chandler was an inspiration and informal mentor to my own dissertation adviser, Oliver Williamson, so I feel like I’ve lost a grandparent. Essential reading on Chandler (besides Strategy and Structure and The Visible Hand) includes Williamson’s 1981 The Modern Corporation: Origins, Evolution, Attributes, David Teece’s review essay of Chandler’s Scale and Scope, and former guest blogger Dick Langlois’s Vanishing Hand project. Chandler’s 2006 paper on the technology sector turned out to be (I think) his last published paper. Chandler’s father, by the way, may have been a closet Misesian.

Entry filed under: - Klein -, Business/Economic History, Management Theory, Strategic Management.

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  • 1. David Hoopes  |  15 May 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Chandler’s influence in strategy is immense. In addition to those listed by P.K. see also Rumelt’s 1974 “Strategy, Structure, and Economic Performance.” The similarity in name is not a coincidence.

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