Alfred D. Chandler, Founder of Strategy: a Lost Tradition and Renewed Inspiration

Whittington, Richard (2008) Alfred D. Chandler, Founder of Strategy: a Lost Tradition and Renewed Inspiration. Business History Review, 82 (2). pp. 267-280.

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Abstract

Richard Rumelt, Dan Schendel, and David Teece are clear: "The foundation of strategic management as a field may very well be traced to the 1962 publication of Chandler's Strategy and Structure" For these three doyens of strategy, Alfred Chandler was a fundamental influence on the shape of the strategic-management discipline that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. Yet, unlike the two other pioneers they identify, Kenneth Andrews and Igor Ansoff, Chandler stood firmly outside the discipline, working as a business historian, not as a strategist. Remarkably, it is Chandler's work that resonates most strongly in the discipline today and, I shall argue, still offers the most powerful inspiration for scholarly work in the future.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Historians; Personal profiles; Strategic management; Organizational behavior; Business models
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2011 16:02
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1747

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