Henri Fayol

Jean-Louis Peaucelle and Cameron Guthrie

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199585762
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Henri Fayol

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This article discusses the impact of Henri Fayol’s life and career on management practice. Fayol first spoke publicly of his theory of management in 1900, and later, in 1908. It was based on his experience managing a successful business. In 1916, Fayol published his major work Administration Industrielle et Générale. His fourteen principles as published in their 1949 English translation are still relevant today, and are coherent with current models and theories of strategic leadership and management. Fayolism has lived on through modern writings and can be seen today in three key areas: management tools, consulting, and research methodology. The development of HRM tools by Fayol opened consulting opportunities. Fayol’s management research methodology is better known today as ‘action-research’.

Keywords: action research; Administration Industrielle; Henri Fayol; Fayolism; HRM tools; management theory; management tools

Article.  9458 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business History

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