Management Myth (Stewart) reading question:
1. On Pages 54-55, Stewart uses Kant’s Critique of Pure
Reason to identify 4 “dogmas” that cripple scientific approaches to
management. Which of these 4 do you
believe is most significant in organizations today and why? (Limit your answer to 400 words or less.)
2. In the video, “Scientific Management Uncovered,”
(deconstructing scientific management), the lecturer notes that Taylorism was
introduced during the Progressive era, when science was viewed as the salvation
of society. Many today suggest that the
U.S. is returning to a progressive era, when science (gathering data and
applying rigorous methods and processes) will lead to societal benefits. Yet the video on Henry Ford and Taylorism
picks up on the theme that progressive scientific methods can have the negative
effects on people and organizations.
Which viewpoint (A. Scientific methods will result in general
positive gains for society; or B.
Scientific methods will lead to negative outcomes for society) do you
find most compelling and why? (Limit your
answer to 400 words or less.)
Case Question: Cisco
3. What, in your opinion, were the tradeoffs and biggest
downsides of the reorganization at Cisco?
Why did Chambers create business councils? (Limit your answer to 500 words or less.)