Abstract: Social Responsibility and Management Professionalization in America, 1910-1929

Kenneth Lipartito


In 1914, Louis Brandeis published <i>Business: A Profession</i>. By the 1920s, Harvard and other business schools had in fact begun to treat business education as a form of professional education. This paper looks at the development of professionalization in business and the ways in which executives, business educators, and social critics of the corporation saw professionalization as an answer to the problem of social responsibility.