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What is the difference between classic management and behavioural school management?

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Posted August 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM via web

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What is the difference between classic management and behavioural school management?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM (Answer #1)

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The main difference is the human factor. 

Classic management theories were studied throughout the first part of the 20th century in aims of trying to create a one-step model of understanding the trends and patterns of an organization. The aim was to create a system of prediction of actions, dynamics and interactions within a business, as a whole. 

However, as different individuals became employed from all sort of backgrounds and age groups, different situations began to arise; after all, an organization is the sum of all its components and changes as they also change. For this reason, a behavioral approach was taken to treat management issues that dealt with people in a people to people basis. Hence, the behavioral school was able to differentiate individuals by their backgrounds, walks of life, age groups, ethnicity, etc to understand their unique needs. 

Keep in mind that this paradigm continues as we do not want to confuse "understanding" diversity with "categorizing" or "labeling" it. Therefore, the behavioral school aims to continue the research on interactivity and dynamics within organizations with an emphasis on human nature and personality traits. 

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