Building Efficient Management and Leadership Practices

The Contemporary Relevance of Chester I. Barnard's Thought in the Context of the Knowledge-Based Economy

  • Stefania Zanda

Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Stefania Zanda
    Pages 1-4
  3. Stefania Zanda
    Pages 71-80
  4. Stefania Zanda
    Pages 145-147
  5. Stefania Zanda
    Pages 163-187

About this book


This book examines the relationships among leadership, the quality of the management process and business results. Drawing from the pioneering contributions of Chester I. Barnard, this book defines the role and characteristics of an effective and efficient manager in the new knowledge economy. This book also examines the relevance of Barnard’s work on modern studies in economics and business administration.

Chester I. Barnard considered the company to be a complex socio-economic system, oriented towards general aims. A company’s behavior is rational if its constituent elements and management models are planned, organized, guided and regulated in order to create and maintain a cooperative system that combines efficiency and effectiveness. In this book, the conceptual construction of Barnard’s management theory is represented by a synthetic scheme in which the various components of the business process (including leadership) and their influences on the outcome variables of the company are linked as a system. This approach makes this book appealing to academics, scholars and professionals in business, management, administration and knowledge management.


Chester I. Barnard Management Theory Management Process Leadership Knowledge Economy Knowledge Management Cooperative System Moral Codes Operational Strategic Planning

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefania Zanda
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60067-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60068-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5698
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-5701
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