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The British Philosophy of Administration

The British Philosophy of Administration book coverA Comparison of British and American Ideas 1900 - 1939

This 'classic' book records the intellectual and practical developments in British public and business administration for the period 1900 - 1939, compared to American developments. The book has a foundation chapter on 'ethics' showing how UK Quaker companies, like Rowntree and Cadbury, set examples in 'corporate responsibility' in that era, many of which are relevant today. Other chapters cover policy-making, organisational theory and bureaucracy.

Title: The British Philosophy of Administration
Author: Rosamund M. Thomas, Ph.D., M.A. (Cantab)
Binding: Paperback, pp. 280
Published: 2nd Edition, 1996 (first published in hard back by Longman)
Price: £19.95 (plus postage)
With black and white illustrations
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ISBN: 978-1-871891-00-3


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This book compares British and American business and public sector management ideas and practices for the period 1900 - 1939. It identifies for the first time six pioneers of British administration, including Civil Service reformer (Lord) Richard B. Haldane; William H. Beveridge, former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science; Lyndall Urwick, a manager at the Rowntree Cocoa Works, York and management educationalist / international consultant.

The book challenges the conventional wisdom about American 'classical organisation theory', 'human relations theory' and 'bureaucracy', replacing them by a British philosophy of administration based on a unification of the science of administration with ethics.

A foundation text for courses on business management, public policy, public administration, public law, sociology, and other social sciences. Also, key reading for civil servants and policy-makers. Valuable for emerging nations seeking to identify and implement sound administrative ideas and practices.