The Humanist Approach Of The Behavioral Management Theory

1784 Words8 Pages
Management is the process which involves planning, leading and the controlling of other and human resources to ensure organisational goals are achieved in the most efficient and effective manner. Mary Parkers Follett management theory consists of interdependency between ‘decision making and the two way flow of power and authority’ (Newman and Guy, 1998). The theory she advocates is based on a ‘pull’ rather than a ‘push’ approach to engage in employee motivation. There was a distinct outline between ‘power over’ and ‘power with’ she put forward views of idea of negotiation, conflict resolution and power sharing. This theory brings attention to the human side of management (Newman and Guy, 1998). Some of Follett’s management work was written in a paper titled ‘Individualism in a planned society’ that was presented in 1932. The humanist approach of the behavioural management theory ‘involved the study of how mangers should behave in strategic ways to motivated employees and encourage them to perform at high levels of efficiency and effectiveness, to ensure they are committed to achieving the organisational goals’ (Waddell, 2006). Follett’s pathway into the creation of the management theory was a difficult, due to her ideas being ‘ahead of time, therefore they weren’t widely accepted (Waddell, 2006). Moran, Stuart, and Morner describe Follett as “a management visionary because she wrote about issues such as teamwork and empowerment in the early 20th century,” recognizing her

More about The Humanist Approach Of The Behavioral Management Theory

Open Document