Confronting Managerialism: How the Business Elite and Their by Robert R. Locke, J.-C. Spender

By Robert R. Locke, J.-C. Spender

Confronting Managerialism deals a scathing critique of the crippling impression of neoclassical economics and sleek finance on enterprise university educating and administration perform. It indicates how company managers, as soon as good considered as custodians of the industrial engine riding progress and social development, now appear extra just like the rapacious "robber barons" of the Eighteen Eighties. Confronting Managerialism is a distinct, topical, and debatable examine a topic that affects us all.

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Haley notes that Russell Ackoff ’s arrival at the University of Birmingham, as Joseph Lucas Visiting Professor, in 1961 was the signal event. “His presence had a major impact on the whole of the UK educational scene, inspired a number of initiatives in the way the subject was viewed in industry, and was one of the prime movers in the establishment of the Institute for Operational Research” (Haley, 2002, 85). The University of Birmingham, which had invited Ackoff, had instituted a master’s in OR in 1958; his presence there seemed to stimulate the development of academic OR in the UK, with master’s degrees in OR initiated at Imperial College London and at Cranfield in 1961; while a master’s course in the subject started at the University of Hull in 1962.

These two nations dominated the operations research movement; indeed, whereas in 1980 OR societies in the UK and the US had 13,371 members together, those in all of Europe had only 4,720. The doubts that had cropped up had occurred in the countries where OR had the greatest experience and following. -J. ” Journal of the Operational Research Society 33 (1982), 597–603, 598. Since operations research and management science are generic terms, misgivings about their efficacy actually covered a variety of managerial activities.

The chapter then turns to an assessment of a different order. It discusses the inability of Americans equipped with the toolkit of the new paradigm to cope with the greatest challenge US manufacturing faced in the second half of the twentieth century, that coming from Japan. This story is not told in ruined companies and unemployed people (Locke, 1996, 158-75) but in a critique of the epistemology of the new paradigm in management disciplines introduced postwar in the business schools. The seismic shift in consciousness that the epistemological arguments entailed infiltrated discussions about Japanese manufacturing culture.

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