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MGMT 5003 CRITICAL THINKING PROBLEM 2 WEEK 2 Appendix: History of management thought (pages 41-48) Your answers to each question should be short answers of between 300 – 500 words with a maximum of 750 words per answer. The format for your answer: MGMT 5003 CRITICAL THINKING PROBLEM 2 History of Management Thought Due midnight 1/30/2011 NAME: ____McWilliam Davis _______________________ 1. Among the contribution to management thought, Frederick Taylor outlined the roles of a manager. Explain how these roles are or are not relevant today. Frederick Taylor’s management techniques of scientific management, in my opinion are very well used today. Working in an industrial environment I am well aware of the division of labor that is created in mass manufacturing. We can also look at this on a higher level in office administration staff as well. The idea behind his theory was to improve economic efficiency in labor productivity. One popular thing in manufacturing is always learning new ways to improve efficiency in production. We often get bonuses off of target goals set for the company whether in terms of dollars in sales or products produced in a year. The division of labor is given from our specific job area we have; research and development chemist which develops new products, technical service chemist which deals with customer interaction activities, Product Stewart Chemist which deals with environmental regulations. As Frederick Taylors scientific management shows that not only do we become more efficient at doing our job but we also become more knowledgeable in those areas which reduced the amount of time spent on certain task leading to the company being more efficient. Once we become experts at the jobs we do we then begin to follow F. W. Taylor principle number 2 in codifying new methods of performing task. In almost every corporation you find today there will be SOP’s (Standards of Operating Procedures). These SOP’s have been looked at from almost every angle; safety, efficiency, cost effectiveness, production quality, and any other risks associated with the procedure. These SOP’s are used to help train new employees and are
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2011 for the course MGMT 5003 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '11 term at S. Alabama.

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