Evolution of Management Thought


Umakanta Nayak


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Course Name : Evolution of Management Thought

Code(Credit) : CUTM1181(0-0-1)

Course Objectives

To make students  

  • understand how the solution to the age old problems of 'allocating scarce resources to meet the needs and wants of organizations and people' have evolved over time
  • appreciate contributions of management thinkers to the discipline
  • acquainted with  different concepts and jargon in the field of management

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain and use the principles and concepts of management at the work front
  • anlyze the managerial problems from different perspectives 
  • Handle future issues that will affect the organizations with sound conceptual knowledge 

Course Syllabus


Pre-scientific Management Era: management in ancient and medieval period (work of Sun Tzu, Kautilya, larnings from Shrimad Bhagabat Gita, Machiavelli)

Scientific Management School: Scientific management (Works of Taylor), Administrative management (Fayol), Bureaucratic theory (Max Weber)


Human Relation School: Hawthorne experiments of E. Mayo, major contributions of M. P. Follett, 

Behavioural School:   Douglas M. McGregor, Chester I. Bernard, Chris Argyris, Herbert Simon, M.K. Gandhi 

Introduction to Organization Structures: Traditional and modern organizational structures


Each session will have student presentations on assigned topics.


Claude S. George, Jr. The History of Management Thought, PHI, N.J., 1972.

Prasad and Prasad, Administrative Thinkers, Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 2015.

HBR: 75 years of management ideas and practices 1922-1997.

Session Plan

Session 1

Discussion on session plan

Introduction to Management


Session 7

Session 10

Bernard & Argyris

Session 11


Session 12


Session 13

Organizational Structure

Case Studies

Case Studies

Our Main Teachers

Umakanta Nayak

Associate Professor