Essays on Semco's Reliance on the Classical School of Management Case Study

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The paper “ Semco’ s Reliance on the Classical School of Management” is a sage example of the case study on human resources. Management of an organization as it is known today exists in nonprofit, public, and private organizations. Over the years, the complexity and size of all forms of organizations have increased, and thus a professional and defined way of management has become a requirement. Management can be defined as a form of work or process that entails the direction or guidance of a group of individuals towards the objectives or goals of an organization.

The management philosophies used by many organizations today rely on the theories that were formulated between the end of the 19th century, and the beginning of the 20th century during the period of the great depression. This period is what is presently referred to as the classical school of management. The contributors to this school emphasized efficiency, scientific, administrative, and bureaucratic management. Scientific management focused on the “ one best way” to manage an organization. Bureaucratic management depended on a coherent set of guidelines on management, and administrative management focuses on the flow of information on a company. This paper uses Semco as a case study in discussing the management of people in an organization.

The paper begins with a discussion of the classical school of management, and the reliance of Semco on this theory specifically on administrative management. The paper then discusses two motivational theories and their relevance to Semco. The two theories are two-factor theory by Fredrick Herzberg, which proposes that there are two set factors that affect the motivation of employees. The other theory is by theory X and Y which were formulated by Douglas McGregor.

The paper then discusses the concept of empowerment which enables an individual to control work, take action, make a decision, behave, and think in independent ways, and its relevance to Semco. Finally, the paper discusses WL Gore & Associates, a company that has a management philosophy that is remarkably similar to that of Semco.

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