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Journal of Management History

ISSN: 1751-1348

Online from: 2006

Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies

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The development history and philosophical sources of Herbert Simon's Administrative Behavior

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Title:The development history and philosophical sources of Herbert Simon's Administrative Behavior
Author(s):Gerry Kerr, (Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada)
Citation:Gerry Kerr, (2007) "The development history and philosophical sources of Herbert Simon's Administrative Behavior", Journal of Management History, Vol. 13 Iss: 3, pp.255 - 268
Keywords:Business administration, History, Management technique, Philosophy
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/17511340710754707 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – To examine the impact of the philosophical sources on Herbert Simon's Administrative Behavior, a central work in the management canon.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a conceptual approach, tracing the influence of the major philosophers – William James, John Dewey and the logical positivists (A.J. Ayer and Rudolph Carnap) – cited in the book.

Findings – An understanding of the philosophical platform supporting Administrative Behavior is crucial to a more complete reading of the book and to furthering research in the area.

Practical implications – Future research focused either on extending Herbert Simon's work or, more generally, on advancing the study of management, will benefit from deeper consideration of the implications of the chosen philosophical platform supporting the endeavour.

Originality/value – The paper provides the reader a means for better understanding the contributions of a key work in management, with implications that extend to its overall study.

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