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Drawing on his experience of what worked well in an organisation, he developed a general theory of business administration. This is a logical, rational and normative analysis of what needs to be done. But this was not a wholly abstract piece of theorising.
Fayol was writing on the basis of his own, highly practical experience of management. On the basis of the five elements of management, he then proceeded to identify what he presented as 14 principles for improving managerial effectiveness. Like Fayol, he also came up with a list of general principles for managerial effectiveness. Are the principles timeless or are they now outmoded?
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General principles of managerial effectiveness Henri Fayol Division of work — specialisation encourages continuous improvement, both in terms of skill and methods. Authority — the right to give orders and the power to require obedience. Discipline — a successful organisation requires the shared effort of all staff. Employees must obey, but this is two-sided — they will only comply if management play their part by providing good leadership.
Unit of command — employees should have only one boss with no other conflicting lines of command. Unity of direction — the entire organisation should be aligned and be moving towards a common goal.
Subordination of individual interests — individual needs and interests should be subordinate to the needs of the organisation. Remuneration — payment is an important motivator, but should be fair and reward well-directed effort. Line of authority — a hierarchy is necessary for unity of direction. Equity — employees must be treated equally and fairly. Stability of tenure of personnel —employees need a period of stability in a job to perform at their best. Initiative — encouraging staff to show initiative is a source of strength in an organisation.
The principle of specialisation — one group, one function. The principle of coordination — the purpose of organising is to facilitate coordination or unity of effort. The principle of authority — in every organised group, supreme authority must be located somewhere, and there should be a clear line of authority to every member of the group.
The principle of responsibility — a superior may be held accountable for the actions of subordinates. The principle of definition — jobs, duties and relationships should be clearly defined. The principle of correspondence — in every position, responsibility and authority should correspond with one another.
The principle of span of control — no person should supervise more than 5—6 line reports whose work is interlocked. The principle of balance — it is essential that the various units of an organisation are kept in balance.
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Henri Fayol's Management Principles: Managing Departmental Task Organization
Today's managers have access to an amazing array of resources which they can use to improve their skills. But what about those managers who were leading the way forward years ago? Managers in the early s had very few external resources to draw upon to guide and develop their management practice. But thanks to early theorists like Henri Fayol , managers began to get the tools they needed to lead and manage more effectively.
Henri Fayol's management theory is a simple model of how management interacts with personnel. Fayol's management theory covers concepts in a broad way, so almost any business can apply his theory of management. Today the business community considers Fayol's classical management theory as a relevant guide to productively managing staff. The management theory of Henri Fayol includes 14 principles of management. From these principles, Fayol concluded that management should interact with personnel in five basic ways in order to control and plan production. According to Fayol's theory, management must plan and schedule every part of industrial processes.