Classical Management Versus Human Relations Essay

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In the early 1900’s, some of the first ideas were thrown together to allow an organization to flourish in the upcoming modern era. The first theories were known as scientific and classical management, which focused on three separate theories from Frederick Taylor, Henri Fayol, and Max Weber. The three theories have similar ideology in the fact that organization is driven by management authority, employees only source of motivation is money, and organizations are machinelike with employees making up the parts of the machine (Papa, Daniels, & Spiker, 2008). In the Prophecy Fulfilled case study, Mary Ann (senior auditor) takes on a management role with subordinates similar to that of Weber’s Bureaucratic Theory (Daniels 1987, pp. 77-78).
Mary Ann was assigned two staff accountants to work under her supervision for a new client. The time frame of the job was short, so Mary Ann decided to take an efficient approach when managing her subordinates. Without consulting her subordinates’ opinion on the tasks for the job, Mary Ann decided her subordinates’ fate on the performance appraisal given from a co-worker named Tom Alvarez. Mary Ann split the division of labor based on this appraisal, giving the staff accountant named Jeanine much more responsibility. The other staff accountant named Mike was given what he described as “gopher” work. Mary Ann gives little freedom to each of the subordinates when delegating tasks because that is the way in which her organization conducts…