When we go back to the source.

I lis­te­ned to this while wri­ting this post, try it while you read :o)

Let’s now add what, even today, is the ulti­mate refe­rence in my libra­ry, the num­ber one. Wait a minute, don’t expect divine reve­la­tion. The rea­son is sim­ply that he was the first and that his work is more than res­pec­table. At first, know that the father of the authors of the theo­ry on orga­ni­za­tions is a his­to­rian. Alfred Dupont Chand­ler, Jr. is an Ame­ri­can eco­no­mic his­to­rian. His work, Stra­te­gy and Struc­ture, is undoub­ted­ly one of the most well-known, reco­gni­sed and res­pec­ted in the world of orga­ni­sa­tio­nal theorists.

His work is dis­tin­gui­shed by the breadth of research work in the archives of the jour­nal For­tune, The Lamp, as well as the depths of col­lec­tions of memos, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and others from the auto­mo­tive indus­try and much more. This arduous task of rea­ding and extrac­ting infor­ma­tion, loo­king for some­thing without real­ly kno­wing what you are loo­king for is, in my opi­nion, the very spi­rit of a scientist.

This is how Chand­ler was able to high­light the phases of cen­tra­li­sa­tion and decen­tra­li­sa­tion of orga­ni­sa­tions and come up with a pro­po­sal in 4 “Chap­ters” of the evo­lu­tion of an orga­ni­sa­tion. Chandler’s book is rela­ti­ve­ly dif­fi­cult to read for those who are not inter­es­ted in his­to­ry. It is full of examples and situa­tions nar­ra­ted by the author.

For me, this book deserves all the res­pect for what the modern “case stu­dy” is trying to do, without neces­sa­ri­ly rea­ching the level of what Chand­ler has mana­ged to create. It will also be appa­rent that very few of the refe­rences cited are of a theo­re­ti­cal type, which means that in a way, it repre­sents the begin­ning of a road for the authors, the end of my jour­ney of put­ting toge­ther this bibliography.


I’m Dan­ny (aka Coa­ch­Dan­ny). I have a pas­sion: humans. Come with me and take this minute eve­ry day to explore what’s going on today and why is it tren­ding. Click here to get your dai­ly thought right on time for break­fast.

Sources: https://solomotivation.com

Trans­la­tion by Abbie Sims: https://www.linkedin.com/in/acsims/

Last Upda­ted on July 29, 2020 by Coach Dan­ny

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