Fayol 's Theory On General And Industrial Management

970 WordsNov 22, 20154 Pages
Considered the direct founder of the management school, Henri Fayol’s (1949) article on General and Industrial Management was the first to looked at an organization and recognize management as a practice and process to uncover. Fayol’s work is critized as “folklore” (Mintzberg, 1973) and as of late the concepts Fayol contributed to some “still represent the most useful way of conceptualizing the manager’s job” (Carroll and Gillen, 1987 p38). Nonetheless, Fayol’s management theory still holds strong today and has impacts on writers and mangers. Fayol’s (1949) five-fold delineation of managerial functions - planning, organizing, commanding, coordinating and controlling. In this essay I will discover if criticism of Fayol are accurate or a misunderstanding and the interpretation of ideas under what it is to manage. According to Fayol planning is “to assess the future and make provision for it” (Fayol 1949:43). For Fayol a managers’ job is to always be in command and one of the ways in which he anticipates managers’ authority is planning for anything, “the result envisaged, the line of action to be followed, the stages to go through, and the methods to use” (Fayol 1949:43). As well as the mangers job is to be “concerned with drawing up the broad plan of operations of the business, with assembling personnel, coordinating and harmonizing effort and activity” (Fayol, 1949:5). Fayol sees planning as more than a document in order to achieve a wholesome plan, Fayol (1949:50-51) he
Open Document