Human Relations And Management Consulting: Elton Mayo And Eric Trist

Richard C S Trahair*, Kyle Bruce

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This article introduces Elton Mayo and Eric Trist, who have made significant contributions to the field of human relations and management consulting. Elton Mayo is considered as the 'father' of the human relations school of management, while Eric Trist made influential contributions to the field of organizational development and was one of the founding members of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. The first section of the article provides a short biography of Mayo and Trist, while the following section summarizes their roles as consultants. The article then considers Mayo and Trist's impact on management practitioners. This article concludes with several comments on their contributions to the professionalization of management and management consulting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting
EditorsMatthias Kipping, Timothy Clark
Place of PublicationOxford; New York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780191749476
ISBN (Print)9780199235049, 019923504X
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012


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