"Management is both an art and a science." Please explain this quote.

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My first reaction is that Management is neither an art nor a science; it is wrong-headed to label it either one. It is a real-life application of business principles, linked to applied psychological principles, garnished with an inborn skill at time management; it is a human activity whose success is...

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My first reaction is that Management is neither an art nor a science; it is wrong-headed to label it either one. It is a real-life application of business principles, linked to applied psychological principles, garnished with an inborn skill at time management; it is a human activity whose success is measured as commodity .  It lacks some of the requirements to call it an art and lacks some of the requirements to call it a science.  Remember: The definition of a word is another word.

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There is a lot of research on forms of management that work, but good management is much more.  You cannot simply follow a set of rules to be successful.  Management is about finesse, instinct, dedication and passion.  You have to manage in a way that meets your personality, because if you try to make your manager persona different than your personality you will likely be unsuccessful.  Thus, management is an art based on principles.

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The idea that management is both art and science is a truism and a kind of short hand. That is to say, a lot of people say it, and it is commonly held to be true, and it serves as a way of indicating a rather complex reality involving management. A science has known laws. It works with facts and reason and produces—when it gets to application via technology—dependable results. By contrast, art is highly personal and subjective. It works with emotions and the interplay between individuals and communities. Managers must do both: produce reliable results and deal with emotional humans.

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