Management and its history: the worthy endeavour of the scribe

Lamond, D.A., 2006. Management and its history: the worthy endeavour of the scribe. Journal of Management History, 12 (1), pp. 5-11.

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Purpose: This paper introduces the Journal of Management History, relaunched as a stand-alone journal and explores its raison d’être. Approach: The articles that constitute this first issue of the relaunched journal form the launching pad for this discussion, with these ideas and those from previous research used to comment on the theme of “the worthy endeavour of the scribe”. Research & Practical Implications: In The Life of Reason, Santayana (1905/2005) said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Managers looking for the ‘next big thing’, without being able to effectively incorporate it into their experience, and the experience of those who are long gone, are condemned to repeat not just the past but also the mistakes of the past. Accordingly, it is also critical for management scholars to both recognise and take advantage of earlier thinking and empirical work to inform their contemporary musings and research if they are to provide meaningful frameworks for practitioners. Value: Drawing on the themes presented in the articles of this issue, the paper demonstrates the value of knowing accurately the history of management thought to scholars and practitioners alike.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Management History
Creators: Lamond, D.A.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 2006
Volume: 12
Number: 1
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:14

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