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date: 20 February 2020

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This chapter analyses the evolution of management: the core functions and how they have changed; management’s position in the culture of modern society; the institutions and ideologies supporting it; and future challenges and changes. If the twentieth centurywas the ‘golden age’ of the corporate, bureaucratic manager, what might we expect in the future? And if this was indeed a ‘golden age’ why has there been such an upsurge in interest in management in the last fifty years—with a huge growth in management education, and management and business cultures? Emphasized here is the theoretical diversity within management through the examination of the integrity and intellectual coherence of the field, while also looking at resonances within and between its key components.

Keywords: management, management education, society, business cultures, ‘golden age’

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