Lyndall Urwick

Andrew Thomson and John Wilson

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

Lyndall Urwick

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Lyndall Fownes Urwick (1891–1983) has been one of the most important figures in the development of modern management practices and thought. Central to his work was a passion for spreading the gospel of systematic and ‘scientific’ management through his activities as a management consultant, through his efforts in developing management institutions, and perhaps most of all, through what he later called his ‘mission at large’ in taking ‘modern’ management to managers and the wider public. In all, Urwick wrote some 280 books, pamphlets, and articles on an eclectic range of management topics, and gave talks running into the thousands aimed at a wide range of audiences. Organization theory was his particular concern and provides his main standing in history. The principles were based broadly on managerial tasks, together with some general organizational precepts such as the correspondence of authority with responsibility.

Keywords: Lyndall Fownes Urwick; modern management; organization theory; scientific management

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Subjects: Business and Management ; Business History

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