Essay on Annotated Bibliographies; Henri Fayol's Work Relevance

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Rodrigues, CA, 2001, ‘Fayol’s 14 principles of management then and now: a framework for managing today’s organizations effectively’, Management Decision, vol. 31, no. 10, pp. 880-889.

Rodrigues discusses in some detail how Fayol's principles of management individually are/are not used in modern management. He doesn't necessarily hold a contention or argument as he is ultimately comparing and contrasting the world of management in US organisations from early 1900's to now. However the result of each of his discussions fall in the same favour each time, which may potentially be viewed as a bias and further as a limitation of this journal. A further limitation of this article is that it blurs the line between positive and normative
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Pryor, MS & Taneja, S 2010, 'Henry Fayol, practitioner and theoretician – revered and reviled', Journal of Management History, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 489-503.
The purpose of this paper by Pryor & Taneja (2010) is to illustrate through examining contemporary management and management theories how Fayol's contribution of his principles and model theory is relevant in management today.
This is done by a process of researching and examining the work of major academics (e.g. Mintzberg (1989), Porter (1985), Taylor (1947), Kotter (1982), & Berdaves (2002)) Pryor and Taneja (2010) compare the works and ideas of both Fayol and these authors to find the similarities and differences between their theories.
A limitation of this article may be the large focus of similarities between studies, paying rare attention to the differences between Fayol and the given management theorist. Future studies on this issue should be undertaken in an argumentative manner, given equivalent attention to both aspects of the argument. Indeed; this article supports the conclusions of similar studies (e.g. Rodrigues, 2001. Archer, 1990. Fells, 2000) that Fayol's theory is relevant today, and that his 5 management functions are evident in all organisations (Hales 1986). Another shared conclusion between journals is that Fayol's work sets the foundations of management practise and theory today. Even though Mintzberg (1973) argues differently, his theory “tends to
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