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"Management is an art of getting things done through people." Do you think this...

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vinyl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 8, 2010 at 10:47 PM via web

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"Management is an art of getting things done through people." Do you think this definition is adequate for the present day concept of management?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 8, 2010 at 10:52 PM (Answer #1)

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The only way in which I would disagree with the statement is to say that you should include "science" in your statement.  In other words, management is the art and science of...

Management has always included some amount of science, or at least it has ever since Taylor's Scientific Management movement over 100 years ago.  Science is needed in the planning of the activities that the manager will have the people do.  This is becoming ever more important as competition gets fiercer and supply chains and such become more complex and international.

While dealing with people is an art, there is also a great deal of science involved in making sure a firm is trying to get those people to do the right things in the right ways.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 9, 2010 at 12:21 AM (Answer #2)

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Getting the best output from people for meeting organizational goals, and making them work effectively as a team, is a very important aspect of management. However,management is much more than just managing people. It is also managing work. This means deciding what objectives to be pursued by the organization, determining the tasks to be performed for achievement of those objectives, and finally ensuring that those tasks are performed effectively and efficiently. The definition of management as "art of getting things done through people" fails to take note of these important functions of management and therefor cannot be considered adequate.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted February 9, 2010 at 1:20 AM (Answer #3)

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I agree that this statement is true. A good "manager" is able to organize. There is always a goal to be reached and it is the job of the person in charge to make sure that this goal is met. This would mean providing feedback, setting examples, providing excellent organization skills and organizing and delegating tasks in order to reach the desired outcome. 

Effective managers also need to earn respect. This can be achieved by exhibiting a positive character and having strong interpersonal skills. Another way to earn respect is by listening. Many ineffective managers simply do not listen to what others have to say.

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