Advantages and disadvantages of scientific management.


Date Posted: 9/14/2012 11:53:37 AM

Posted By: SimonMburu  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 838

Scientific management refers to the application of scientific methods in making decisions and evaluating different courses of action. It involves obtaining complete, valid and reliable information in respect of the problem under consideration before making a decision. It involves observations and experiments.


1. It provides useful information on which to base improvement in working methods.
2. It leads to increase in productivity.
3. It stimulates the management into adopting a more positive role in leadership.
4. It contributes to major improvement in physical working environment for the employees.
5. It provides the foundation on which modern study and other quantitative techniques could be soundly based.


1. It reduces the workers role to that of rigid and adherence to methods and procedures over which the employees have no description.
2. It leads to fragmentation of work on account of its emphasis on the analysis and organization of individual task or operations.
3. It puts planning and control of the work place activities exclusively in the hands of the management.
4. It rules out any realistic bargaining of the wage rates since jobs are measured, timed and rated scientifically.

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