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A “missing scroll” of The Functions of the Executive Barnard on status systems in organizations

A “missing scroll” of The Functions of the Executive Barnard on status systems in organizations Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to reacquaint us with Chester Barnard's seminal treatise on status systems in organizations – the conceptualization that he labeled as a “missing scroll” of The Functions of the Executive . Design/methodology/approach – The paper analyzes this “missing scroll” to draw the parallels and distinctions between Barnard's and the contemporary views of status systems in organization. Findings – The paper outlines how this forgotten piece can inform and enrich the current understanding of the role of status in organization theory. Practical implications – This paper draws practical parallels and distinctions between Barnard's and the contemporary views of status systems in organization and management literature. Originality/value – This paper corrects the omission from The Functions of the Executive showing that Barnard was the first to recognize status systems as systematic in organizations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management History Emerald Publishing

A “missing scroll” of The Functions of the Executive Barnard on status systems in organizations

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1751-1348
DOI
10.1108/17511340810893117
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to reacquaint us with Chester Barnard's seminal treatise on status systems in organizations – the conceptualization that he labeled as a “missing scroll” of The Functions of the Executive . Design/methodology/approach – The paper analyzes this “missing scroll” to draw the parallels and distinctions between Barnard's and the contemporary views of status systems in organization. Findings – The paper outlines how this forgotten piece can inform and enrich the current understanding of the role of status in organization theory. Practical implications – This paper draws practical parallels and distinctions between Barnard's and the contemporary views of status systems in organization and management literature. Originality/value – This paper corrects the omission from The Functions of the Executive showing that Barnard was the first to recognize status systems as systematic in organizations.

Journal

Journal of Management HistoryEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 26, 2008

Keywords: Social status; Social structure; Organizational structures; Organizational theory

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