An archival listing of the papers of Colonel Lyndall Fownes Urwick (1891-1983): summary

An archival listing of the papers of Colonel Lyndall Fownes Urwick (1891-1983): summary
Document type
Summary
Author(s)
Edwards, R; Boyns, T
Publisher
ESRC
Date of publication
1 January 2001
Subject(s)
Business & management history: including the development of management thought
Personal subject(s)
Colonel Lyndall Fownes Urwick (1891-1983)
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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Summary describing a project funded by the ESRC small grants scheme to catalogue a collection of papers related to Colonel Lyndall Fownes Urwick at the PowerGen Library of Henley Management College. From the early 1920s, Urwick became the most significant British advocate of scientific management and a key player over the next 40 years in the development of the practice of management and of management education in Britain. 

The archive contained copies of most, if not all, of the papers that Urwick had published (including early drafts), unpublished conference papers and lectures, unpublished autobiographies and autobiographical extracts; details of Lyndall Urwick’s contacts with other major management thinkers of the first half of the twentieth century, such as Mary Parker Follett, and Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, and with various management organisations of the time, including the Management Research Groups in Britain, the International Management Institute in Geneva (where Urwick was director from 1928 to 1933) and the American Management Association; and documents relating to the development of management education in Britain from the 1940s-early 1960s. 

A second objective of the project was to gain further insights into the early practical application of scientific management in Britain during the first sixty years of the twentieth century which would, hopefully, yield beneficial outputs for the three-year ESRC-funded project being conducted by Professor Edwards and Dr Boyns into the
development of accounting information and decision making (ESRC ref. R000237946).

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