MGT1FOM Key Management Theorists
The theorists covered in this MGT1FOM Key Management Theorist study reference guide have each made significant contributions to management theory. It is recommended that MGT1FOM students have a working understanding of the contributions of each of these theorists.
Unless noted otherwise, the source of the content for each theorist is adapted from:
Wren, DA & Bedeian, AG 2009, The Evolution of Management Thought, 6th edn., John
Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
Babbage, Charles (1792–1871)
Barnard, Chester Irving (1886–1961)
Fayol, Jules Henri (1841–1925)
Follett, Mary Parker (1868–1933)
Lewin, Kurt T. (1890–1947)
Mayo, George Elton (1880–1949)
McCallum, Daniel Craig (1815–1878)…show more content…
Babbage was so fascinated with designing his analytical engine that he never built one. One design would suggest an improvement, then another, and another because he could never stop short of perfection. Shortly before his death in 1871 he wrote: ‘‘If I survive some few years longer, the Analytical Engine will exist, and its works will afterwards be spread over the world.’’ For more than a century his work would lie dormant, waiting other times and other people to advance his seminal ideas.
One of the few bright spots in Babbage’s life was his friendship with Augusta Ada (1816–1852), countess of Lovelace and daughter of the poet Lord Byron. The countess had a gift for mathematics and engineering and was one of the few who really understood Babbage’s work. She wrote treatises on his work, expressed his ideas better than he could, and wrote programs for the computer. She warned people against becoming dependent on the computer, which ‘‘has no pretentions [sic] whatever to originate anything … [and would] do whatever we know how to order it to perform.’’
Together with Babbage, she developed a surefire system for betting on horses; unfortunately, the horses did not follow