Daniel A. Wren

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Daniel A. Wren (born ca. 1935) is an American business theorist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Oklahoma, known from his 1972 book coauthored with Arthur G. Bedeian, entitled "The evolution of management thought."


  • Management as an activity has always existed to make people’s desires through organized effort. Management facilitates the efforts of people in organized groups and arises when people seek to cooperate to achieve goals.
    • Wren & Bedeian (1972: 11-12); as cited in: Le Texier, Thibault. "The first systematized uses of the term “management” in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries." Journal of Management History 19.2 (2013): 189-224.

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  • Historian Daniel A. Wren says that operations research/ management science has "… roots in scientific management." Like Taylor and the Gilbreths, today's management scientists use research and analysis to find optimal solutions to management problems. Modern-day management scientists, of course, use much more sophisticated mathematical tools and computers. And management science's goal is not to try to find a “science of management” but “to use scientific analysis and tools to solve management problems.”
    • Gary Dessler, ‎Jean Phillips (2008) Managing Now, p. 16: About the Management Science Approach
  • Wren and Bedeian 2008 is the most important management history book, and it is the one most widely used as a primary source in courses on management history.
    • David D. Van Fleet Management History, 2014.

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