This Website is in fact an interactive and pluridisciplinary book. It presents the works of a PPF (Plan Pluriannuel de Formation) on the French managerial practices and ways of thinking (19th-20th centuries). Begun in 2006, it was constructed in four stages. In December 2008, a symposium was organised at the University Paris-Est - Marne-La-Vallée, when around forty French and foreign colleagues presented a contribution. In December 2010, a second symposium was held in Oxford with the support of the CNRS (Maison Française d’Oxford). Some thirty people participated in the debates.
Consequently, contributions from historians investigating different areas (economic, social history, history of work, techniques and businesses), from sociologists, psychologists, ergonomists, political analysts and of course administrators can be found in this work. It bears witness to a desire for international openness. The reader will therefore come across European, American and Japanese texts. This programme has hoped to open itself to different kinds of authors, from the qualified researcher to the PhD student, not forgetting the young colleagues from the academic or business milieu.
Several important areas for consideration have come to our attention: the knowledge of periods within the history of French management; the delimitation of geographical areas where French-style management exerts its influence; the study of practitioners, topics, sectors or of organisations pioneering in the managerial way of thinking and practices; the knowledge of authors or designers of administrative doctrines; the localising and the comprehension of the institutions, the networks forming or diffusing knowledge; the position of French-style management in the globalisation of yesterday and today.
The online publication of this new type of book does not mark the end of the project. By opting for this new form of publication, our reflections can become increasingly profound and a place of exchange and reference for a community of French and foreign researchers can be created. It is therefore still possible for authors who had accepted to participate in the project (in total around one hundred) to send in their proposals for texts. It also remains possible for others – researchers, archivists, actors- to submit a new article. In order to do this, one simply needs to contact a member of the organising committee and send in a plan for the new chapter. This will then be subjected to a scientific evaluation, followed by initial feedback within two months. It’s time to get writing!
E. Godelier, M. Le Roux, E. Briot, G. Garel, A. David