Re: Hierarchy LO277

Mariann Jelinek (
Tue, 28 Feb 1995 09:22:46 -0500

Replying to LO239 --

Re: formation of organizations:

While the Army and the Catholic Church are often given as models
for organizations, the evolution of business organizations has its roots
in the US at least in efforts to manage the railroads. See Alfred D.
Chandler, Jr., THE VISIBLE HAND for a fine history of management (mostly
in the US). The shift from personal fiefdoms run by the owner or family
businesses to "professionally managed" organizations is relatively late -
no earlier than the mid 19th century, and, by some arguments, not really
until into the 20th. So saith some well-informed & persuasive voices on
the topic .


Mariann Jelinek
Richard C. Kraemer Professor of Business
Graduate School of Business,
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23185

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