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Module 1 - In the VDOT construction is the main form of...

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In the VDOT, construction is the main form of labor. The Scientific Theory focuses on the common goal of workers and management, project completion. This theory pushes labor and management toward the common goal, a medium of increased productivity while lower cost through efficiency. This is achieved through specific selection of workers and managers. The VDOT had no system in place to monitor on-going projects; this would be the first step to provide maximum efficiency out of the managers and workers on each project site. The VDOT specifically selected Shucet to be their director because of his private sector experience. From this point under the scientific theory Shucet would then select specific managers for specific locations based on their abilities. One method which proved to be the most efficient way of accomplishing projects would be implemented as the standard method for all projects. (Hartman, p. 9) Within the VDOT behavioral management theory would have had a great impact. Anytime managers have concern for their workers condition, quality and quantity of work will improve. The balance of the behavioral theory is to find how much concern a manager can have for the employee verses the employees work output. The overall positive for this theory, other than the increased quality and quantity of work, is that have concern for their employees allows a manager to personally know who is working for them and thus is able to assign tasks, promotions, and leadership roles to those who are natural leaders and are able to adapt changing situations within the work place. In the VDOT behavioral theory would work as such; a foreman is over a project with a crew of ten workers working under him. The project for the crew is to repave a section of roadway which has begun to deteriorate and is becoming a hazard for drivers traveling on the road. The crew has a deadline of one week to complete the repaving of the two mile section of Virginia highway. The foreman of the crew, practicing under the behavioral management theory, would know which workers on his crew would be best for each position so that the crew would meet the set deadline. Also knowing his crew personally would allow the foreman to treat and react to different workers and situation in a manner which best fits that certain worker or situation. (Hartman, p. 16)
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System management theory within the VDOT would work because a government agency is stable; this stability provides the input, process, and outcomes which are needed in a system style of management. The inputs would be resources such as funds, technology and workers. In a government agency these resources are generally easy to come by making the system theory a real possibility. These resources would go through a process; they would be planned, organized, and motivated ultimately to achieve the goals of the VDOT.
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