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  • Difference between decision making in scientific management and traditional management

    Are you finding difficult to get answers for the subject of engineering management of AMIE exam? Want to know how the decision making in scientific management is different from that in traditional management? Check out this page and get answers for this question.,

    Following is a question that was asked in the question paper of AMIE-Section B (Summer 2005)conducted by IEI, Kolkota for subject Engineering Management(IC-402).

    This question is asked for 5 marks and hence requires some explanation.

    Q) How is the decision making in scientific management differs from decision making in traditional management [ 5 Marks ]
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  • A decision in scientific management will be taken based on the theoretical rules and regulations. The situation will be analysed based on the various scientific theories and the well defined rules, regulations and based on scientific explanations.
    Traditional management decisions will be more on their previous experiences and the actions taken earlier under similar conditions. It will be purely depends on our earlier experience.
    Actually a decision taken on scientific explanations coupled with our earlier experience will be more desirable rather than justo only one aspect.

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  • Scientific management theory was founded by Frederick Winslow Taylor (who was an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency) and this theory is also known as Taylorism after him. He introduced the principles of scientific management during the end of the nineteenth century. He is also known as the first engineer cum consultant for scientific management.

    This theory advocates the use of workflow analysis and use of principles of efficiency derived from experiments in methods of work and production in increasing the efficiency and productivity of an organisation or company. In this theory it is believed that if a business is run with scientific management the profitability will increase. There are many things which are to be observed in a scientific management. Some of the key considerations are - efficiency and elimination of waste, work ethics, analysis and logic of work flow, standardisation of best practices, mass production, transfer of knowledge between workers, time motion studies etc. Many of these things are considered even in todays advanced management systems adopted by companies.

    On the other hand the traditional management system simply focuses on the objectives of the company and makes its employees or worker responsible for production and increased sales. In such an approach the usual focus is on increased sales and collecting more revenue. It believes that if the product is accepted by the customer, sales will increase. So company tries to please the customer with its product.

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