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Barnard, Chester I.
Chester I. Barnard (1886–1961), rightly considered the father of modern administration and “sociologist without portfolio,” revolutionized administrative thinking. Too impatient to spend his last semester at Harvard finishing a science lab, he headed to New Jersey Bell Telephone, eventually becoming president, and later the Rockefeller Foundation's president. Barnard was asked by Boston's Lowell Institute to lecture on administration in 1937; the series was published in possibly the most fundamental work in administration, The Functions of the Executive , in 1938. He was a profound thinker for all administration and leadership, dealing with the essential components of leadership and administration, focusing on the nature of complex organizations, teasing out three indispensable elements necessary ...