Management Theorists


Follett, Taylor and Fayol contrast in the theories is apparent inthe key concepts and focus. The key concepts in Follett’sorganizational theory of management are that an organization involvesencouraging participation from individuals at all phases (Damart,2013). Organizations are founded on teamwork, as well asharmonization, which are the principles holding employees together.Taylor’s scientific management evaluates work through scientifictechniques to validate the most suitable manner of completingproduction roles. The theory emphasizes on the need to effectivelyselect and train employees and foster cooperation amid personnel andmanagement (Taneja, Pryor &ampToombs, 2011). Fayol’s management theory focuses on the fiveroles and management principles. The roles are command, coordination,control, planning and organization. Follett focuses on advocating fororganizational power, which is developed by all individuals in theorganization contrary to management exercising control over theirjuniors (Damart, 2013).Taylor’s focus is on personal worker-machine associations inmanufacturing, whereas Fayol concentrates on the actions of topmanagers (Taneja, Pryor &ampToombs, 2011). The contrast is that Follett advocates foruniversal power, Taylor reviews the organization from bottom whileFayol reviews an organization from top.

Follett’s theory is more suitable for modern management. This isbecause the theory evaluates power and authority, in a morecontemporary approach. In the modern business world, employees andmanagers endeavor to have power over each other (Carraher,2013). For instance, employees are resistant to managementhaving authority over them, whereas workers refute the endeavors ofunions inverting the situation. According to Follett, exercisingpower-over personnel is ineffective management because individualsare unwilling to be patronized. In place of power-over, the theoristproposes the development of power with employees and managers(Carraher, 2013). This isbecause, when power is shared, it results in personal enrichment andboosting of morale.


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Damart, S. (2013). How Mary P.Follett`s ideas on management have emerged: An analysis based on herpractical management experience and her political philosophy.&nbspJournalof Management History,&nbsp19(4),459-473.

Taneja, S., Pryor, M. G., &ampToombs, L. A. (2011). Frederick W. Taylor`s scientific management principles: relevance and validity.&nbspJournalof Applied Management and Entrepreneurship,&nbsp16(3),60.