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