Naval Leadership and Management, 1650-1950
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220 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: Boydell Press

Naval Leadership and Management, 1650-1950

Edited by Helen Doe and Richard Harding

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Considers naval leadership and management very widely, moving beyond a focus on leading admirals.

Many works on naval history ascribe success to the special qualities of individual leaders, Nelson being the prime example. This book in contrast moves away from focusing on Nelson and other leading individuals to explore more fully how naval leadership worked in the context of a large, complex, globally-capable institution. It puts forward important original scholarship around four main themes: the place of the hero in naval leadership; organisational friction in matters of command; the role of management capability in the exercise of naval power; and the evolution of management and technical training in the Royal Navy. Besides providing much new, interesting material for naval and maritime historians, the book also offers important insights for management and leadership specialists more generally.

HELEN DOE is a Fellow of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, University of Exeter and author of Enterprising Women and Shipping (Boydell, 2009). RICHARD HARDING is Professor of Organisational History at the University of Westminster and author of The Emergence of Britain's Global Naval Supremacy (Boydell, 2010), Amphibious Warfare in the Eighteenth Century (Royal Historical Society, 1991) and six other books.

Michael Duffy: An Appreciation - Roger Knight
Introduction - Richard Harding
Admiral Rainier's Management Challenges, 1794-1805 -
Neglect or Treason: Leadership Failure in the Mid-Eighteenth Century Royal Navy - Richard Harding
Who has Command? The Royal Artillerymen aboard Royal Navy warships in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars - Gareth Cole
'The Marine Officer is a Raw Lad and therefore Troublesome': Royal Naval Officers and the Officers of the Marines, 1755-1797 -
High Exertions and Difficult Cases: The Work of the Transport Agent at Portsmouth and Southampton, 1795-1797 - Roger Morriss
Forgotten or Ignored, the Officers at Invergordon: 'We are doing this for you as well you know' - Mike Farquharson-Roberts
'To Excite the Whole Company to Courage and Bravery': The Incentivisation of British Privateering Crews, 1702-1815 - David J. Starkey
New Kinds of Discipline: The Royal Navy in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century - Oliver Walton
Towards a Hierarchy of Management: The Victorian and Edwardian Navy, 1860-1918 - Mary Jones
Leadership Training for Midshipmen, c.1919-1939 - Elinor Romans

RICHARD HARDING is emeritus professor at the University of Westminster. He is author and editor of many books, including The Emergence of Britain's Global Naval Supremacy: The War of 1739-1748 (2010) and Naval Leadership and Management, 1650-1950 (2012), both published by Boydell and Brewer.

"An important collection of essays." HISTORY
"An excellent overview of the points of entry scholars may take in order to develop a wider view of the evolution of leadership and management in the Royal Navy in the 300 years leading up to World War II." NAUTICAL RESEARCH JOURNAL
"[An] excellent publication." WARSHIPS
"These essays are readable and provide a wealth of information for anyone interested in leadership and management studies, whether the reader's focus be the Royal Navy or a different path entirely." PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS



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Title Details

220 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: Boydell Press