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date: 14 August 2020

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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.

Keywords: Elton Mayo, Eric Trist, human relations, management consulting, school of management, organizational development, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, management practitioners

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