Henri Fayol: Administration Industrielle et G�n�rale ? a re-interpretation

The English translation of this book presents Fayol primarily as a writer on industrial management. In this paper, alternative translations of a number of key terms are proposed. Their acceptance would show Fayol to have been concerned with the development of a philosophy of administration in a much wider sense than the translation suggests. Mr. Brodie is on the staff of the Administrative Staff College, Henley.
Public Administration (Impact Factor: 1.57). 04/2007; 40(3):311 - 317. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.1962.tb01288.x
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    • "However, the French word prevoyance had no precise meaning in English, so various authors (Coubrough, 1930; Storrs, 1949) translated it as planning. Brodie (1962) and current English dictionaries translate prevoyance as " foresight. " Various articles and papers about Fayol use the terms foresight and forecasting as well as planning when discussing Fayol's management functions (Breeze and Miner, 2002; Parker and Ritson, 2005b). "
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