What can be learned from classical management thinking?
• Frederick Taylor’s four principles of scientifi c management focused on the need to carefully select, train, and support workers for individual task performance.
• Henri Fayol suggested that managers should learn what are now known as the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
• Max Weber described bureaucracy with its clear hierarchy, formal rules, and well-defi ned jobs as an ideal form of organization. For Discussion Should Weber’s notion of the ideal bureaucracy be scrapped altogether, or is it still relevant today?
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