Running Head: MANAGEMENT THEORISTS
In the paper, the management philosophies of Ken Blanchard and Edward Deming will
be compared and contrasted with the works of Frederick Taylor and Mary Parker Follett.
Blanchard proposed that different business situations require different leadership styles. He gave
business solutions basing on the various categories of analysis which he developed. Accordingly,
the categories of management are: high competence, low commitment; low competence, high
commitment; high competence, high commitment, and directing, coaching, supporting,
delegating (McGowan, 2017).
Basically, Blanchard’s principles uphold that a leadership style should be matched to the
business orientation. He emphasizes that the employees ought to be empowered so that their full
potential be realized. He described this in his gung ho theory. He published numerous
management books and gave many seminars over the internet platform.
Deming is a quality management thinker of all time. He is the pioneer of organizational
planning and continuous improvement. He believed that systems have variations and mangers
should be in a position of identifying causes of the variation; both common and special causes.
He came up with 14 management elements that could be used to guide business plans which are
long-term in nature. Among his points which are crucial to the business fraternity is “the one
urging managers to constantly improve the production system so as to enhance waste reduction
and improve quality” (Mbsportal.bl.uk, n.d.). He also came up with the seven deadly diseases of
This two management thinkers place their effort towards enhancing the productivity of
organizations. They developed models which are useful and could be used to ensure
sustainability in organizations or systems. Their works are used by current business managers to
deal with the organizational problem which faces them.
Mary Parker Follett’s philosophies have greatly influenced modern management theories.
Accordingly, she upholds “pull” and “push” methods of motivating employees. She refers to true
leaders as “those who create group power and not those who create personal power” (Dininni,
2017). She believes in resolving conflicts amongst employees through integratio...