The History of POSDCORB

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The History of POSDCORB

POSDCORB is an acronym widely used in the field of management and public administration that reflects the classic view of administrative management. Largely drawn from the french industrialist Henry Fayol, it first appeared in a 1973 staff paper by Luther Gulick and Lyndall Urwick written for the Brownlow committee.
The acronym stands for steps in the administrative (management) process: planing, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting...



Indeed it appeared most prominently in a 1937 paper by Luther Gulick (in a set edited by himself and Lyndall Urwick). However, he first presented the concept in 1935 in: "Saturday afternoon session". Minutes of the proceedings of the conference on training for the public service (June 2224, 1935), Princeton, NJ. Chicago, IL: Public Administration Clearing House. p. 2538.
So POSDCORB was initially envisioned in an effort to develop public service professionals.

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