Department of Organization

Seminar with Ellen O`Connor

In Search of Lost Institutions: The Origins, Trajectory, and Status of Management

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 10:00 to 12:00

In Search of Lost Institutions: The Origins, Trajectory, and Status of Management

This talk has three parts. First, she will explain that the business school, institutionalizing to serve the disciplines and professions, lacked substantive autonomy. Then she will locate this substance in the works and lives of Mary P. Follett and Chester I. Barnard.

They take up a classical inquiry about tension between individuals and institutions. Moreover, they put this dilemma at the heart of a new science that would pursue the creative possibilities of this tension. 

She concludes by showing how the reasons that their work was not integrated into business schools then, are the same reasons that it is not integrated now -- ironically, due to tensions between individual and institutional knowledge. The prospects for change go to the heart of deeply instilled ideas about science, education, and practice. 

Ellen O’Connor (Ph.D., University of Chicago; M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley) has taught in business schools for over 30 years, including the Graduate School of Business at Stanford; the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley; and the University of Paris.  At the Haas School and at the McLaren School of Business (University of San Francisco), she received awards for her teaching.

The seminar will be in English.

For registration and further information contact

Ane Lindgren Hassing Department of Organization 

Registration by e-mail before 05.10.2012

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