Classical And Contingency Theories For Organizational Design

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Critically Evaluate the Contributions and Limitations of Classical and Contingency Theories to Our Understanding of Contemporary Practices in the Area of Organizational Design Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Overview of Classical and Contingency Theories 3
Contributions of Classical and Contingency Theories 4
Limitations of Classical and Contingency Theories 5
Conclusion 6
References 7

Introduction
Organisation is composed of individuals and groups who work together towards the accomplishment of common goals and objectives. It is thus crucial for the success of any organisation to manage individuals, groups and processes in the most effective manner. Furthermore, it is essential for the managers in an organisation to have comprehensive knowledge and understanding about theories and design pertaining to organisational behaviour. There are myriads of theoretical approaches in the organisational process. However, classical and contingency theories are the two important approaches which have accorded significant attention in the field related to organisational behaviour and design (Saiyadain, 2003). Against this backdrop, this essay intends to critically evaluate the contributions and limitations of classical and contingency theories in the area of organisational design.
Overview of Classical and Contingency Theories
The classical theory first appeared in the late 19th century and early 20th century and was largely centred on the theory of efficiency. Accordingly, this…

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