Chapter 1

An approach by geographic areas of the diffusion processes of managerial practices

Chapter 2

An approach by point of interest: technique, branch, sector, company

Chapter 3

Disseminators of doctrine, authors and tenets of management


The Paris water Department in the 19th century: an (overlooked) case of large modern “corporation”

  • Konstantinos CHATZIS

    Chargé de recherche,
    Université Paris-Est – LATTS – UMR CNRS 8134

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Back in the early 19th century, most Parisians got their water from private wells and public drinking fountains. A century later or so, almost all of the capital’s inhabitants had been connected to the city’s water network and enjoyed a standard service. This shift was due, to a significant extent at least, to the action of the municipal water Department, which gradually transformed itself into a large organization, capable of deploying a whole range of frequently innovative managerial practices. In this short article, thanks to a series of examples, we aim at showing the surprisingly modern character of these practices, frequently overlooked by scholars specialized in business history.

The full text in French is available here.