MORROW, Ga-- Five prominent Management textbooks will soon feature the contributions of Charles Clinton Spaulding based on research conducted by Clayton State University's Dr. Leon Prieto.
Dr. Prieto, Assistant Professor of Management, uncovered a 1927 article written by Spaulding (a successful African American executive), entitled “The Administration of Big Business” that outlined Spaulding’s eight “fundamental necessities” of management. Based on that archival finding he and his co-author (Dr. Simone Phipps of Middle Georgia State University) were inspired to write a paper entitled Rediscovering Charles Clinton Spaulding’s “The Administration of Big Business”: Insight into early 20th Century African-American Management Thought which was recently published in the Journal of Management History. The research article showed that Spaulding had his own philosophy of Administrative Management before the legendary writings of Henri Fayol were translated into English, and now those findings will soon be included in several Management textbooks.
According to Dr. Andrew Dubrin, “information about the contribution of C. C. Spaulding to the history of management thought is important for inclusion in the new edition of Essentials of Management for several reasons. One consideration is that the contributions of African-Americans to physical science and medicine have been well documented. For example, Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open heart surgery in 1983; mathematician and astronomer, Benjamin Banneker constructed the first striking clock to be made in America. It is time for the contribution of an African-American to the evolution of management to be recognized by the new generation of management students and their professors. Another reason we chose to include Spaulding’s ideas in a basic management text is that his 'eight fundamental necessities of management' originally published in 1927, synthesized key points of classical management at the time. Furthermore, Spaulding predated later thinking about the behavioral approach to management in his emphasis on the importance of cooperation and teamwork, and conflict resolution.”
In Dr. Prieto’s recent Diverse Issues in Higher Education article entitled Integrating African American Management History in the Business School Curriculum, he emphasized the importance of Business Schools to recognize the contributions of Spaulding and other people of color whose philosophies also helped shape management thought and practice.
“Ever since I was an undergraduate business major I have always wondered why the contributions of people of African descent were rarely ever included in the Management literature, and I am happy that some of the prominent textbooks will soon feature the contributions of Spaulding who had his own philosophy of Management, and inspired countless people of color to become entrepreneurs and business executives,” says Dr. Prieto.