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Management Does Not Necessarily Follow Structure : A Reassessment of Chandler’s View on the Impact of Economic and Technological Factors on Management

Working Paper, October, 2012

Thèmes liés : Management


Alfred Chandler’s work is of cardinal importance in understanding the emergence and growth of business corporations. Its central thesis can be summarized as follows : management follows structure, structure follows strategy, and strategy follows the dynamics of technology and markets. In a word, technology and markets, more than any other factor, shape a firm’s methods of managing. My research will attempt prove that, though the structure of a business enterprise can be conceived as a response to a given stage of technology and of market expansion, management cannot.

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