- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Notes on the Contributors
- Researching Management Consulting: An Introduction to the Handbook
- The Engineering Origins Of the Consulting Industry And its Long Shadow
- Human Relations And Management Consulting: Elton Mayo And Eric Trist
- Institutional Change And The Growth Of Strategy Consulting In The United States
- Cuckoo in the Nest? the Rise of Management Consulting in Large Accounting Firms
- It Consulting And Outsourcing Firms: Evolution, Business Models, And Future Prospects
- Sociological Perspectives On Management Consulting
- Consultants In Context: Global Dominance, Societal Effect, And The Capitalist System
- Professions And Professionalism In Management Consulting
- Economics Approaches To Management Consulting
- The Geographies Of Management Consultancy Firms
- Knowledge Management And Management Consulting
- Consultants And Organization Concepts
- Structuring Consulting Firms
- Managing Consultants: Control And Identity
- Consultants In The Management Fashion Arena
- Management Gurus As Celebrity Consultants
- Business Schools And Consultancies: The Blurring Of Boundaries
- The Nature Of Client–Consultant Interaction: A Critical Review
- The Client In The Client–Consultant Relationship
- Consultants And Clients From Constructivist Perspectives
- Governments And Management Consultants: Supply, Demand, And Effectiveness
- The Future Research Agenda
- Consulting And Ethics
- Gender In Consulting: A Review And Research Agenda
- Management Consulting In Developing And Emerging Economies: Towards A Postcolonial Perspective
Abstract and Keywords
This article introduces Elton Mayo and Eric Trist, who have made significant contributions to the field of human relations and management consulting. Elton Mayo is considered as the ‘father’ of the human relations school of management, while Eric Trist made influential contributions to the field of organizational development and was one of the founding members of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. The first section of the article provides a short biography of Mayo and Trist, while the following section summarizes their roles as consultants. The article then considers Mayo and Trist's impact on management practitioners. This article concludes with several comments on their contributions to the professionalization of management and management consulting.
Richard C. S. Trahair completed a Ph.D. in the Psychology Department, University of Melbourne, taught Social Psychology, researched industrial relations at Broken Hill (1958–67), and published in Human Relations. At La Trobe University (1968–2001), he taught industrial sociology and political psychology, published the biography of Elton Mayo (Transaction 1984), medical works for Oxford University Press, and on eponyms in the social sciences, Utopias and Utopians, and Cold War espionage (1994–2004) for Greenwood Press. He is currently writing a biography of Eric Trist.
Kyle Bruce is a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Australia. He has published papers on the historiography of scientific management and human relations, institutional theory in economics, organization studies and international business, US inter-war business history, the history of US economic and management thought, and evolutionary economics, strategy, and the theory of the firm.
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