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Alfred D.Chandler Jr.

Alfred Dupont Chandler Jr. (1918-2007) has been recognized as the dean of business historians, given that his methods and theories had a profound impact on management. He obtained a Ph.D. in History at Harvard in 1952, and devoted his whole life to teaching and research. A disciple of Talcott Parsons, Joseph Schumpeter and Arthur Cole, Alfred Chandler was the main promoter of business history studies at Harvard Business School and is widely considered as its principal defender worldwide. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, between 1960 and 1963, and at the...

Alfred Dupont Chandler Jr. (1918-2007) has been recognized as the dean of business historians, given that his methods and theories had a profound impact on management. He obtained a Ph.D. in History at Harvard in 1952, and devoted his whole life to teaching and research. A disciple of Talcott Parsons, Joseph Schumpeter and Arthur Cole, Alfred Chandler was the main promoter of business history studies at Harvard Business School and is widely considered as its principal defender worldwide. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, between 1960 and 1963, and at the Johns Hopkins University, between 1963 and 1971.
During his extensive academic activity he wrote dozens of articles and numerous essays, including: “Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the American Industrial Enterprise” (1962; shortly in this collection), “Scale and Scope: The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism” (1990; published by Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza), and “Inventing the Electronic Century” (2001; also shortly to appear in this collection).