Analysis of Fayol's 14 Principles

2289 Words Oct 23rd, 2004 10 Pages
1. Introduction

Management in organizations is a dynamic discipline. Many had been trying means and ways to improve or invent management methods for the betterment and ease of managers. Old ideas are revisited and new ideas are churned out to come out with more effective management concepts and practices.

Many of these current management concepts and practices, in fact, can be traced back to early management theories. One prominent management pioneer behind the general administrative approach was Henri Fayol. He was the key figure in the turn-of-the-century Classical School of management theory with his own development of a universal set of four management functions thats consist of Planning, Organizing, Leading (Commanding and
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With the existence of cross-functional teams, which consist of group of employees from different department, were brought together on a semi-permanent basis, work can still be carried out with the lessening of authority. Often these teams are empowered by allowing the members to make decision on their own without the need to seek for the approval from the management.

This is also agreed upon by Spreitzer et al (1999) when he mentioned, "more self management team select their own members and have the members evaluate one another's performances. As a result, supervisory position becomes less important and may sometimes be eliminated".

Authority has taken another new meaning today. We no longer have to "obey the rules", but more of understanding the common objective and achieving the common goal. However, this does not mean that authority is totally inapplicable. We cannot do without authority; a certain level of the latter still has to be present in an organization, in order for the company to function properly. All these perfected with the complements of feedbacks and participation from the staff, regardless of the rank or hierarchy.

2.2 Division of work

"Specializing encourages continuous improvement in skills and the development of improvements in