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 (1841 - 1925)

 Students of the history of management thought will be familiar with the name "Henri Fayol". References to his name are found quite frequently in management texts and Ansoff has argued that Fayol "anticipated imaginatively and soundly most of the more recent analyses of modern business practice". The purpose of this brief guide is to introduce you to some of the works by and about Henri Fayol.


General and Industrial Management. BUSSTK HD 31.F285 1949.

 The Business Library has 4 copies of this edition which was translated from the French by Constance Storrs. For an analysis of this version see the article by M.B. Brodie, "Henri Fayol: Administration Industrielle et Generale - a re-interpretation", Public Administration, Vol. 40, Autumn, 1962, p. 311.(DBWPER).

Industrial and General Administration. BUSOVR HD 31.F284 1930.

 This is the first English translation of the book listed above. It was translated by J.A. Coubrough 13 years after the original was published in book form in France. It also contains a speech delivered by Fayol at the closing session of the International Mining and Metallurgical Congress in 1900. As well, on page 83, one will find a bibliography of the essays published by Fayol in various journals and some entries to French and German publications on Fayolism.

"The Administrative Theory of the State," p.99 in Papers on the Science of Administration, ed. by L. Gulick and L. Urwick. BUSOVR JF 1351.G8.


 For early biographical sketches see the introductory essay by Urwick in the Storr's edition of General and Industrial Management and the introductory remarks in the Coubrough translation. Urwick has also published at least two other pieces on Fayol. See, "Henri Fayol" in the Golden Book of Management: An Historical Record of the Life and Work of Seventy Pioneers (BUSSTK HD 31.U73 1963), and "The Function of Administration with Special Reference to the Work of Henri Fayol", in Papers on the Science of Administration (BUSOVR JF 1351.G8). For another brief biographical sketch see p. 39 of Vol. 1,The Making of Scientific Management: Thirteen Pioneers (BUSSTK HD 31.U75).  For a more thorough treatment, refer to Brodie's, Fayol on Administration (BUSSTK JF 1351.B67). For background information on the period during which Fayol was managing and writing see, The Miners of Decazeville: A Genealogy of Deindustrialization by Donald Reid (DBWSTK HD 8039.M62F869 1985).

 Fayol continues to be discussed in the current literature. In Real Managers,(BUSSTK HD 31.L865 1988) Luthans attempts to "explode the myth" of the classical ideas of Fayol. For a rejoinder to this interpretation see Wren's "Was Henri Fayol a Real Manager?" in Best Papers Proceedings: Academy of Management 50th Annual Meeting, 1990, p. 138. (BUSOVR HD 28.A244). Of course Wren also discusses Fayol in his The Evolution of Management Thought (BUSSTK HD 30.W73). See also: "Henri Fayol and Administration" on p.45 in Management Theory: From Taylorism to Japanization (BUSSTK HD31.S442 1997); "Thinkers: Henri Fayol" on p.85 in The Financial Times Handbook of Management (BUSSTK HD38.15.F56 1995); "Planning: Henri Fayol" on p.93 in Management and Organizational Behavior Classics (BUSSTK HD31.M2917 1993); "Henri Fayol" on p.126 in Great Writers on Organizations (DBWSTK HM131.P74 1993) and "General Principles of Management" on p.56 in Classics of Organization Theory (DBWSTK HD31.C56 1992). For a few other articles see:

"Information: The seventh management function?",  K.G.B. Bakewell,  Library Management,  Vol. 15, No. 3, 1994, p.28 33.

"Management Education in Poland",  C. Wankel,  Review of Business,  Vol. 13, No. 4,  Spring, 1992  p.13 15.  (BUSDSK).

"Toward a Revival of the Principles of Management", E.R. Earnest,  Industrial Management,  Vol. 32,  No. 1, Jan/Feb 1990, p.19 22.  (BUSPER).

"The Relevance of Management Principles and Techniques to the Smaller Information Unit",  K.G.B. Bakewell,  Library Management,  Vol. 10, No. 6, 1989, p.15 23.

"Successful Management Based on Key Principles",  C. A. Mowll, Healthcare Financial Management,  Vol. 43,
No. 6,  June 1989, p.122, 124  (BUSPER).

"Management Practices in the Analysis of Flawed Social Systems (Part One)", W.C. Pope,  Occupational Hazards,  Vol. 50, No. 4, April 1988, p.71 74.  (BUSDSK).

"The Historical Roots of the Democratic Challenge to Authoritarian Management",  W. Gomberg,  Human Resource Management,  Vol. 24, No. 3,  Fall, 1985, p.253 269.  (BUSPER).

"Harvest from the Archives: The Search for Fayol and Carlioz", J.D. Breeze, Journal of Management, Vol.11, No.1, Spring, 1985, p.43. (BUSPER)

"Images and Ideals of Managerial Work: A Critical Examination of Conceptual and Empirical Accounts", H.C. Willmott, Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 21, No.3, July 1984, p.349. (BUSPER).

"Control and the Management Function",  G. Pogue,  Management Accounting London  Vol. 61, No. 9, Oct. 1983, p.44 45  (BUSPER).

"Barnard on the Nature of Elitist Responsibility", W.G. Scott, Public Administration Review,  Vol. 42, No. 3, May/Jun 1982,  p.197 201  (DBWPER JK1.P85, LAWPER K16.U445).

"Henri Fayol's Basic Tools of Administration", by J.D. Breeze, in Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 1981, p.101. (BUSOVR HD 28.A244).

"Henri Fayol: A New Definition of Administration", by J.D. Breeze, in Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 1980 (BUSOVR HD 28.A244).

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