Gerard Hanlon is Professor of Organizational Sociology at Queen Mary University of London, UK.
'...foundational reading for any student or scholar seeing an introductory grounding in the history of management and the attendant theories of management and organization.' Simon Mollan, Academy of Management Learning & Education 'Not only a history of management theory, but also a parallel history of capitalism and neoliberalism ... This volume is a must read.' - Kenneth N. Ehrensal, Management Learning [Gerard Hanlon is] having none of ... the dominant narrative of management theory. During the twentieth century, management somehow emerges as the most valuable occupation [as] management gurus [became] the handmaidens of capital.' - Philip Roscoe, Times Higher Education 'Gerard Hanlon goes digging deeply into the history of management theory. The result is a set of discoveries that contribute to explain our current economic period more sharply than most books on the subject. This is brilliant material and a must read.' - Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University, USA 'A great book ... uncompromising [and] splendidly provocative.' - Martin Parker, Professor, The University of Leicester, UK 'This bold, broadly learned, and deeply historical study is as challenging as it is straightforwardly argued. Uncovering an earlier neoliberalism, one with management expert Elton Mayo near its center, Hanlon opens a world in which the creation and control of new subjectivities among workers is a central challenge for capital. The resulting tour-de-force connects management, everyday life, and social theory in exciting reinterpretations of everything from the relation of work and culture to the reluctant anticipations of neoliberalism by Max Weber.' - David Roediger, Professor, University of Kansas, USA 'We keep being told that change comes from the top and managers make great companies. But what if they don't matter terribly much? What if they take their wellsprings and verve from labor, rather than the other way round? In this revelatory rewriting of management studies, Gerard Hanlon lifts the veil on a world riven with superstition and turns that world upside down. Bravo!' - Toby Miller, Professor, The University of Cardiff, UK and Sir Walter Murdoch Professor, Murdoch University, Australia.