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Scientific Management: Frederick Taylor [Part-1]

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Frederick W. Taylor, in full Frederick Winslow Taylor (born March 20, 1856, Philadelphia, U.S.—died March 21, 1915, Philadelphia), American inventor and engineer who is known as the father of scientific management. His system of industrial management has influenced the development of virtually every country enjoying the benefits of modern industry. Read More…

Good Governance


The term “good governance” is being used in development literature. Bad governance is being increasingly regarded as one of the root causes of all evil within our societies. The concept is elusive and value-laden. Hence proved to be difficult to define accurately.

The outline of the concept attempted to sketch through two documents.

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Incremental Model of the Policy-Making

Incremental Model of the Policy-Making

Charle’s Lindblom presented the ‘Incremental Model’ of the policy-making process’ as an alternative to traditional rational model of decision-making. In his article ‘Science of Muddling Through’ which was published in 1959 AD gained vide recognition in the development of policy analysis as concerned with the ‘process’ of making policy. Since then Lindblom’s thought has evolved beyond his original argument.

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Henry Fayol: Gangplank and Criticism [Part 3]


Gangplank

The Gangplank refers to the need for ‘level jumping’ in a hierarchical organisation. Although Fayol places emphasis on formal organisation, he is alive to the dangers of conformity to hierarchy and formalism. ‘It is an error to depart needlessly from the line of authority, but it is even greater one to keep it when detrimental to the business’, asserts Fayol.

He illustrates the problem with reference to the figure given below. Read More…

Henry Fayol: An Introduction on Administrative Theory [Part 1]


Henri Fayol, contributed the corpus of management concepts and is considered the founder of the ‘Management Process School’. His Administration Industrielle et Generale was first published in France in 1916, but it did not come to light in the English-speaking countries until its English translation published in 1949 under the title General and Industrial Management. His work is considered a classic and a foundation in classical management theory. The book offers a theory and principles of management.

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Henry Fayol: Management and Principles of Administration [Part 2]


Elements of Management

Fayol identified, as we have seen earlier, five elements of management viz., planning, organisation, command, coordination and control which are discussed below.

Planning

Fayol used the French term Prevoyance which in French means to ‘foresee’, to ‘anticipate’ and to ‘make plans’. The administration’s chief manifestation and most effective instrument, to Fayol, is the plan of action. Planning enables the separation of the short-run events from the long-range considerations. It endows forethought to the operations of an organisation. Fayol considers that experience is an asset in drawing a realistic plan. To him, unity, continuity, flexibility and precision are the broad features of a good plan of action.

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Public Administration of Developing Countries: Role and Characteristics


Public Administration is an institution  of central importance in almost all the countries in the world. It has emerged most impressively in the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America after they attained independence.

In these countries, the role of government and the nature of its tasks are no longer limited to minimum traditional functions of law and order, defence and revenue collection. The government in these countries are entrusted with developmental and national building activities. Since the developing countries are engaged in rapid socio-economic transformation under the leadership of government.

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ROLE OF ETHICS AND MORALITY IN ADMINISTRATION


Ethics and morality are the branch of philosophy which deals with values of human conduct in the rightness or wrongness of certain actions. Unlike the traditional concept of Bureaucracy which anticipated it as a valueless concept, NPA (New Public Administration) movement in the sixties, treated it as a strong case for values, relevance, change and equity in the field of administration.

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Basics of Public administration


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What is Public Administration?

Public administration has many definitions, but will put some layman understanding of Public Administration that will give you a more peripheral vision. We will first discuss the ambit of Pub. Adm.  i.e Cross-disciplinary- Political Science, Sociology, Business Administration, Psychology, Law, Anthropology, Medicine, Forestry and so on. Read More…