The Ideas of the Classical Theorists, Particularly Those of Bureaucracy and Scientific Management, Are Generally Considered as Rather Old Fashioned and Out of Date, and of Little Relevance to Work and Organisation Today.

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The ideas of the classical theorists, particularly those of bureaucracy and scientific management, are generally considered as rather old fashioned and out of date, and of little relevance to work and organisation today.

The classical school of management is thought to of originated around the turn of the current century and dominated management thinking into the 1920 's. It had one main focus and this was on the efficiency of work processes, either through bureaucratic management that focuses on rules and procedures, or scientific management which concentrates on the one best way in which a job can be done. It is now commonly considered by modern theorists that these ways of management are outdated and not completely relevant to
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However certain limitations could be said that he didn 't take into account, such as if workers sole concern is simply related to their pay then other psychological needs or the worker would not be addressed (Brooks). As a result of this, the repetitiveness of the task with little or even no room for experimentation or variation over long periods of time generally lead to boredom and apathy amongst the staff. (Brooks) It was widely considered in later years that Taylor had taken his theory to far and related to companies as mechanic structures when in fact they were co-operative communities. (Handy, C 1993) Chester Bernard was one of the first people who disagreed with Taylor, he suggested that intact people had to be persuaded and that authority really came from the people you led not from those above. (Handy, C 1993) A case study into this at Hawthorne plant of western electric, 'Showed how important the informal group was, and the hearts and minds of its people ' (Handy, C 1993).

“Management ensures that the plan is accomplished by controlling and problem solving. This is done by monitoring the plan both formally and informally by means of reports, meetings and other tools; identifying deviations and then planning and organizing the team to solve problems.” (Cassell and Mercado, 2000) This description explains exactly how management can be used to run a business, it appears to suggest

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