Fayol’s Management Theory Is Still Relevant Today.

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Introduction Henri Fayol’s theory was almost a century old and was originally written in French. Further review on several journal articles has led to an overview background of Fayol’s working life which provided the foundation that conceptualized his theory. According to Wren (2001), Fayol was appointed as the Director in a mining company, Decazeville, where he succeeded to turnaround the company to become profitable. Fayol was the first person to classify the functions of a manager’s job. Fayol (1949; as cited in Wren, 2001) identified five key functions in managerial works.as planning, organising, command, coordination and control. Planning consists of any managerial work that involves setting goals and coordinating actions to…show more content…
These human resources will be managed by managers as depicted by Fayol (1949; as cited in Wren, 2001). Employees with specific area of expertise will be tasked to act on the set goals and plans. For example, Autodesk managers and human resource staff will profile potential candidates on their skill sets and job scope. Companies go across borders in search of new market opportunities and in turn, have to focus on increased productivity as competition intensifies. Organization structure and job design are carefully selected by managers to ensure that work are coordinated well with less hurdles to achieve the established goals in the planning process (Wren, 2001). In the Autodesk’s Sales department, the structure is similar to a family tree where the Sales Managers coordinates the works of the Resellers and report to the Sales Director who is in-charge of the department. According to Mintzberg (1980, as cited in Bartol et al, 2011), Fayol’s leading function for managerial work is categorized under the interpersonal role of any managers. With effective leadership in place, managers can direct and redirect employees through effective communication and use of discipline and remuneration. This is one of the key to stay on top of the organisation goals and strategies that have been planned. Thus, the command element of getting the optimum return from all employees in the interest of the whole concern is critical and applicable. For example, under
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