Functions Of Henry Fayol And Mintzberg

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Introduction Henry Fayol was working in France at a mining company as an engineer who later became the director of the company when it employed more than 1,000 people. He came up with the theory of management functions from his observations and experience while working in the company. He also established and published 14 important principles of management. However, Henry Mintzberg dismissed Fayol’s management functions claiming that managers nowadays apply little planning or not at all, hence, their work is unpredictable (Bateman, 2012). Mintzberg came up with three broad categories of managerial roles. These two theories are seen as competing views where one seems to be the base of the other. Fayol’s functions of management include planning, organizing, commanding, controlling and coordinating. With planning, managers must have a plan for the future circumstances and they must establish strategic objectives so that they can protect the accomplishment of future goals. This means that managers must assess future possibilities affecting the organisation, and form the future strategic layout and operation of the company (Bateman, 2012). Establishing a good plan of action is the most difficult of all the five functions of management since it requires the full participation of the whole organisation. Organising is another function of management described by Fayol. For an organisation to run its affairs properly, it should be well organised. This means that there must be adequate
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