The Classical School Of Thought

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Management styles have evolved over the years. Being able to adapt the management style to the needs of the organization is crucial for the continued success of the business. During his time at Recycled Furnishings, Robert enjoyed success as a manager because he was able to adapt his style to changing environments. This paper will examine Roberts styles, which theorists best represent him, and how Thor Enterprises will further transition with a 21st century manager.
Part One
When Robert joined Recycled Furnishings he brought with him a management style that could best be aligned with The Classical Organizational Theory. This is the oldest formal management school of thought (Barnett, n.d). The main premise of the Classical
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While observing workers in the steel industry he noticed employees would “soldier” or purposely perform below their capability (Frederick Taylor & Scientific Management, n.d). Taylors Scientific Management Theory included the following principles;
• Create ways of doing things based on actual scientific data relevant for that task.
• Train workers on how you want that task performed.
• Watch them to ensure they are doing the task correctly.
• Apply the scientific principles to managers “managing”, and workers “working” (Frederick Taylor & Scientific Management, n.d).
Taylor used experiments, or time studies, to observe and record workers sequence of motion. He discovered that some employees were able to work more efficiently than others. These were the employees an organization should target and hire. Additionally, Taylor contends that firms should determine a “best” way of completing a task, then properly train workers in that sequence (Dininni, 2011).
During the 1980’s and 1990’s there was a shift in organizational management style needs. The business operating margins between winners and losers doubled (Reeves, Deimler, 2011). Organizations lost their competitive advantage. This shift in management style is best exemplified by The Reform Through Changes in Organizational Culture. Businesses can no longer assume things will remain stable or they will enjoy longevity (Hitt, Keats & DeMarie, 1998). Technological advancements and greater business
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