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business management concepts: good opinion needed

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Do you have what it takes to be a great manager?"  Please respond to the following:

  • Compare and contrast two (2) management theories. Based on your analysis, what theory do you believe your management style would be more closely aligned with, and why?
Apr 10th, 2015

One theory is the Scientific Management Theory, which would require the manager to develop a few "rules of thumb" and perform research that would allow that manager to standardize the work and performance levels.  The instructions for work here would be detailed and each worker would need to be scientifically selected, trained and then supervised closely. 

Second, we could choose the Bureaucracy Theory, which similarly has consistent rules and procedures and divides work between a set of skilled workers.   This would also allow for advancement with competence or improved production.  In contrast, this approach focuses more on organization of employees and a developed chain of command without the focus on scientific research to maximize production.

I would probably be more closely aligned with the Bureaucracy Theory, because I believe that in the Scientific Management Theory, the supervisor would be a micromanager and that just isn't my style, however, I do feel like consistent rules and procedures along with rewarding employees for improved production is a good method of management and will keep the turnover rate low in the place of employment.  I also feel like standardizing work for all employees is not a good idea, because everyone works differently and room for individualism should be a quality that all workplaces have.


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