Management Theory

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Topic 1: The evolution of management thought
Learning objectives for Group 1: After studying this topic you should be able to do the following: •Describe the origin, growth and importance of the three major schools of in the evolution of management thoughtto a logistics and transport manager. •Define the key attribute of the classical school in terms of its assumptions about human motivation. Sample questions to guide group discussion

1.Why did a formal theory of management not emerge before the end of the 19th century? Why did it emerge then? 2.Why is it difficult to understand contemporary management without knowing its history? 3.Why is it important to understand the various management theories that have evolved? 4.Describe three major schools in the evolution of management thought 5.What do you think are the major strengths and weaknesses of the three major schools of thought? 6.As a Logistics and Transport professional or manager of what benefit is the study of the evolution of management thought to your practice?

Learning objectives forGroup 2: After studying this sub-topic you should be able to do the following: •Explain the role of the Classical School and its contribution to current management thinking and practice •Explain the role that time studies have played in scientific management •Discuss the ways in which administrative approach differs from the scientific approach to management. Sample Questions to guide group discussion

1.What was the contribution of Frederick W. Taylor to the development of management theory? 2.How is a Gantt chart used? How did Henry L. Gantt differ from Frederick W. Taylor in the area of incentives? 3.Define the key attribute of the classical school in terms of its assumptions about human motivation. 4.Explain the role that time studies have played in scientific management. 5.Discuss the ways in which the administrative approach differs from the scientific approach to management. 6.What were some of...
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