Is Management an Art or Science?

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Is Management an art or science? Explain.

Management is an art and science both.

Management as an art:

• Art refers to creative skills and talent which people require to conduct certain activities effectively. • Art is an inborn talent. However it can be refined through learning and pratice.

Management is an art to the following reasons.

• Intelligence – Successful managers are intelligent. Most importantly they need to have more intelligence than their subordinates so as to command respect and get the work done. • Initiative – Managers like artist have to take initiative of doing the right things right at the right time. Good managers also encourage initiative in the part of their subordinates. • Innovative – Managers like any other art needs to be innovative. A managerial decision taken by a manager cannot be easily be copied or repeated by any other manager. • Individual Approach – Every manager needs to adopt his individual approach or style of handling situations. • Application & Dedication – Good managers require not only skills & knowledge but there is also a need for discipline, dedication and commitment. • Result Oriented – Every good manager, like an artist, is always practical and action based.

Management as a science:

• Science is a systematic body knowledge which is universally accepted. • “F.W. Taylor” father of scientific management was perhaps the first person to consider management as a science

Sciences can be broadly divided into two groups:

1) Physical Science – like physics, chemistry and mathematics are exact and accurate, whereas social sciences are not exact and accurate as they deal with human beings. 2) Social Science – Management is a social science because it deals with the human beings. Since human nature cannot be predicted with accuracy, the decisions taken in management may just be one way of doing things in a given situation and not the only way...
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