Historical Form Of Managerial Control

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Is historical form of managerial control still in contemporary organizations?
Introduction
It has been argued that historical management (or, as it was originally termed, the ‘scientific management’) approach to control has a profound influence on management practice and work organization. By the end of the 1930s, some scholars have claimed that most major European and USA countries had experienced the application of some form of scientific management (Johnson, 1993). However, is historical form of managerial control still in contemporary organizations? To further understand whether or to what extent historical control form operates in contemporary organizations, it is necessary to review the evolution of managerial control from a historical perspective.
In this essay, historical form of managerial control refers to bureaucratic control form, or originally called Taylorism to scientific management. Based on Taylor’s task control principle, Fayol’s administrative concept and weber’s bureaucracy concept, Bureaucratic control form refers to a control process that specifies tasks are performed by through standardized rules and structure (Cheng, 1983). Bureaucratic control under scientific management setting was created and nurtured in an era during and after industrial evolution that emphasized science as a way of life and living (Wren, 2009) and was regarded as the most common system of managerial control (Johnson, 1993).…
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