Is Management a science or an art?

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This is called the Manichean fallacy -- that something is either one thing or the other; it is an oversimplification, built into the mind's desire to say "yes-no."  The brain is a binary system, like your computer.  Our job as sophisticated thinkers is to force our brains to entertain multiple possibilities,...

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This is called the Manichean fallacy -- that something is either one thing or the other; it is an oversimplification, built into the mind's desire to say "yes-no."  The brain is a binary system, like your computer.  Our job as sophisticated thinkers is to force our brains to entertain multiple possibilities, multiple choices, and come up with creative alternatives.

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If it's GOOD management, it needs to be both.  Some of the tasks of management are quantitative - making it more a science.  Those tasks include budgeting, organizing, marketing, planning, etc.  Other tasks are more qualitative - making it more of an art.  Those tasks are more elusive - leadership, managing people, etc.  The best managers are able to do both sides of the job equally well.  You can't just be a "people person" with charisma to inspire and lead, and not deal with the more mundane tasks of balancing a budget.  Conversely, you can't be just a number-cruncher, and not have the personality to draw people into your plan and mission.

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