Theories of Management


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Management plays a significant role in how business operates. The diversity of approaches to the theoretical and practical background of management has come up with versions of what is meant by such key words as management and organization. The academia views expressed in relation to management theories take a different role than that prescribed to managers. There has not been any concrete definition of management even though the classic definition of Henri fayol still remains contention to be the preferred choice after eighty years. In the context of what is required I will like to elaborate on the following journals which I will vividly explain in assignment two.

David J. Lemak (2004) explains clearly the path through that management theory jungle and how entangled theories have brought about conflict and confusion. It recommends using management discipline rather than trying to meander our way through the jungle of numerous theories and “schools of thought”. This approach was set by koontz and it explains the discipline of management.

David lamond (2005) also touched on how to absorb the past in order to understand the present and enlighten the future.

According to (Leonard et al, 2004) they explored on how great ideologies turn to become great works. The paper also explains how Frederick Taylor “spread the gospel” of scientific management. It also sites example and explain how the theory of scientific management came to being and how it used in both private and public organisation.

In addition, Amandi et al, (2004) makes us understand issues related to leadership decision and also gives a clear overview on leadership theories. It clearly makes us understands the difference between a manger and a leader as well as the behavioural and trait aspect of leaders.

Sahadevan et al, (2004) explains grounded theory approach to analyze the quality of responses from authors and to gain in depth knowledge from the authors of great works that might be helpful to scholars and practitioners involved in the process of developing fresh understanding in organizations.

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Furthermore, Mie Augier (2004) explains that behavioural view of the firm is significant to recent growth such as theory of evolution and business cost economics. This article explains the past and progress, concentrating on the contributions made by (March, 1963).


The above journals have given me an in-depth knowledge on broad theories of management. It has really sharpens my thinking and also elevated my ideas to different levels of management in organisation.


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