Fayol Vs. Fayol 's Theory

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Fayol VS Mintzberg, or Fayol AND Mintzberg ✜Introduction Management can be defines as “the organization and coordination of the activities of a business in order to achieve defined objectives” (businessdictionary.com, 2014). Pryor and Taneja (2010) regard to Henri Fayol as a ‘pioneer on the field of management theory’. He developed one of the first studies of management, which was a general theory of business administration that approaches management and organisations in a rational approach. His view on management is sometimes called Fayolism (Witzel, 2003). However recent empirical studies such as Mintzberg (1975) are against Fayol’s view of management, and believe that it is folklore (Mintzberg, 1975). In this essay, I will be describing and critically analyzing both Fayol’s theory as well as Mintzberg’s theory, and seeing the extent to which Fayol’s theory has been made redundant by Empirical researchers. I will also explain ways in which both theories relate to each other. ✜ Description of Henri Fayol’s work. Henri Fayol was a French mining director and engineer who used his experience to develop his theory and concept of administration in his book “administration industrielle et générale” which was published in 1916. It was only in 1949 where Fayol’s work became more known after the publication of the English translation of his book “General and industrial administration”. (Wren, Bedeian, and Breeze, 2002). Fayol (1949) argued that all industrial organisations
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