Week 2 Assignment
January 15, 2013
WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT RAE ROSSIGNOL2
According to the video, Evolution Management, there are four major theories. The first theory is classical approach which started in the late 1800s. The second's major theory his behavior approach which start in early 1900s. The third would be systems approach which happened in the 1930s and 1940s. Finally the last major theory is the contingency approach that happens in the 1960s.
The classical approach theory is a theory that deals with machines and systems that help the workers perform their tasks efficiently. The behavior approach is when the people's needs and attitudes are understood as very important part of their work environment. During this theory managers understood the meaning of soldiering. Soldiering is when the workers slowed down to a slow pace to make their employers not realize how much work can be done in a normal work day. The systems approach is when organizations strive together for the purpose of achieving a common goal. The contingency approach is considered to be the outgrowth of the systems approach.
I believe the most important theory is the classical approach. My reason for choosing this theory is because I think that all the theories thereafter would not be in existence if it wasn't for the classical approach. Each theory are building blocks from the classical approach since the classical approach has two components, scientific management and administrative management. When these two components are blended it became known as shop management. Shop management is still utilized today.