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Henri Fayol’s – 14 Principles of Management:

Henri Fayol’s – 14 Principles of Management


Contents Introduction Division of work Authority Discipline Unity of Command Unity of Direction Subordination of individual interest to general interest Remuneration Centralization Scalar Chain Order Equity Stability of Tenure Personnel Initiative Espirit De’ Corps

Principles of Management:

Principles of Management Management principles are a set of fundamental truths based on logic which provides guidelines for managerial decision making and other actions . These principles are derived: On the basis of observation and analysis i.e. practical experience of managers. By conducting experimental studies

Features of Management Principles:


History – Henri Fayol:

History – Henri Fayol Henri Fayol was born in Istanbul in 1841. When he was 19, he began working as an engineer at a large mining company in France. He eventually became the director, at a time when the mining company employed more than 1,000 people Fayol began to develop what he considered to be the 14 most important principles of management. Essentially, these explained how managers should organize and interact with staff In 1916, two years before he stepped down as director, he published his "14 Principles of Management" in the book "Administration Industrielle et Generale" Fayol also created a list of the six primary functions of management, which go hand in hand with the Principles Fayol's "14 Principles" was one of the earliest theories of management to be created, and remains one of the most comprehensive

Division of work:

Division of work Division of work is a famous principle of economics, invented by the traditional economist, Adam Smith. Fayol had applied this principle in the context of business enterprise. Division of work leads to specialization which results in increased human efficiency. Through the application of this principle the production can be increased with same amount of human effort

Authority – Definition and Meaning:

Authority – Definition and Meaning “The right to give order and the power to exact obedience” – Henri Fayol The term ‘authority’ implies the right and power of a person to exercise discretion to make decisions, to issue orders, to use organizational resources and to hire and fire employees. It is the sum of rights and powers entrusted to a person to enable him to perform the assigned tasks

Advantages of Unity of Command:

Advantages of Unity of Command Better relation-ship among superior and subordinates Clear and well-organized Authority, Responsibility and Accountability Reduces and/or avoids duplication of work Prompt or quick decision making Good, effective and efficient discipline Better coordination and team work Boosts morale and positive attitude of workers Leads to higher productivity of goods and services

Elements of Direction:

Elements of Direction Supervision Supervision means overseeing the subordinates at work. Effective supervision ensures greater output of high quality Coordination It is the process of directing the activities of various persons in unison to attain objectives Leadership Leadership is the ability to build up confidence and zeal among the people and to create an urge in them to be led Communication A manager has to tell the workers what to do, how to do it and when to do it. He is also required to provide continuous guidance to the workers in the performance of their task Motivation While directing, the manager has to create in his subordinates the willingness to pursue the goals of the organization enthusiastically

Decentralized approach vs. Centralized approach:

Decentralized approach vs. Centralized approach Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Decentralized approach Centralized approach Bottom-to-top-approach Top-to-bottom-approach

Scalar Chain and Gang Plank:

Scalar Chain and Gang Plank Scalar chain & Gang Plank F E D C B A P O N M L In the figure, the scalar chain in an organization is represented by two ladders, A to F and A to P Any communication from F to P has to flow upwards to A through E, D and C and B then downwards through L, M, N and O. It will obviously take a long time So in order to minimize the delay involved in communication, a gang plank between F and P may be created as shown by the dotted line. However, the Gang Plank should not be a normal practice as it undermines the established line of authority

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