Management Thought & OB

Flaws in the Model

When the theory is put into action, companies can see their production numbers increase. There are, however, some flaws that make this particular management model less than attractive in workplaces. These pitfalls include:

  • By attempting to predict and control human behavior, this theory overlooks the importance of human relations and creativity.
  • In essence, this theory views workers almost as machines, but fails to take into account what job satisfaction, employee input and morale can bring to the workplace.
  • The reliance on prior experience and the ability to apply it almost solely to manufacturing settings is another drawback of this theory.

The classical management theory can help streamline manufacturing operations where high productivity is a must. However, it fell out of favor after the rise of the human relations movement, which sought to gain a better understanding of the human motivation for productivity. Although some of its facets are viable for certain circumstances, this theory generally does not translate well to workplaces today.

Classical Theory consists of theories propounded by Taylor, Fayol, Mary Parket Follet, Chester Barnard.


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