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Running head: EVOLUTION IN MANAGEMENT 1 Evolution of Management Darron M. Lane American Public University MGMT 310 Principals and Theory of Management Professor Kathy Pine
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EVOLUTION OF MANAGEMENT 2 Throughout history, every aspect of life has shown some sign of evolution. Webster describes evolution as the gradual development from a simple state to more complex form (Meririam-Webster.com). The word evolution perfectly coincides with the development of management. Since the beginning of time mankind has shown signs of performing tasks in order to achieve some form of gain. This form of gain may not always consist of a monetary advancement but never the less a purpose for performing a task. Overtime the workplace has become a diverse multifarious place. A dwelling that consists of countless moving parts that can dramatically affect the operations and functions of another. Using Webster’s definition of evolution this paper will discuss the progression of management from its simplest form to the more complex forms that we have adopted in modern workplace management. I will examine the prodigious minds over the years who have studies and experimented with management principals and theory’s to fine tune the balance between productivity, efficiency, and employee relations. I will also examine how the theories of the time compare in today’s economy and their abilities/limitations. The first milestone in the management theory time line is credited to a man who holds the title of father of the Scientific Theory of Management. Frederick W. Taylor is one of the early pioneers of management (Carpenter, Bauer, Erdogan, 2010). Taylor and his team believed that the primitive method of making employees work as hard as management could push them was not a sufficient form of management at all. He believed that true proficient management came from not how people worked, but instead the way that people worked. During the rise of the industrial revolution, companies were growing drastically. There was not a shortage of laborers in practically any field. Taylor’s theory derived from his observations of the relevant work force. Taylor’s theory sought out to cover several key
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EVOLUTION OF MANAGEMENT 3 benefactors that would create an optimized work environment. The first is by using a formula based off his observation of employees to determine times and sequences for completion. This formula created realistic production standards (thus captivating it the name of “ The Time in Motion Study” ). He then proceeded to change the relationship with employees and management. Stating that the only way to resolve the rising tensions in the workplace of the early 1900’s was for staff and management to cooperate. Finally he believed that employees were motivated by money so he promoted “ a fair days pay for a fair days work” (Taylor, 2004, pg.
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