Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution

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Management is a powerful mode of thought and code of conduct in the modern world, closely associated with the American way and a natural extension of economic progress. This is a book about the history of management and the origin of managerial rationality in the United States.

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Yehouda Shenhav is Associate Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Stanford University (1985) and an M.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering at the Israel Institute of Technology (1981). Shenhav taught at several universities in the United States, including Stanford University, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Iowa. He served as Head of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University between 1995 and 1998.

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"By carefully doing away with functional accounts of the managerial revolution andby linking this compelling historical case study with a broader reflection on the intersection of applied and academic knowledge on organizations, Manufacturing Rationality should not only appeal to economic sociologists interested in management history and the emergence of the large corporation but also to students of the sociology of professions and the history of sociology."--American Journal of Sociology


"Yehouda Shenhav shows that the American system of management required elaborate social construction. Managers had to justify their existence vis avis owners and workers, and it took a great deal of effort to 'normalize' their social power. This book makes an important critical contribution to our understanding of how the large corporation emerged in the U.S and deserves to be read by anyone interested in the origins of Americans 'managerialism."--Neil Fligstein


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