This answer scored 12.5/15. Its strength is that it addresses the question directly and shows a balanced understanding
of the key concepts. The student commences with a clear thesis-type statement which signals to the reader she is
critically evaluating the given statement.
Effective use is made of examples discussed in class (e.g., Smuckers, McDonald's, and FedEx). A brief discussion
of each of these companies outlines how key dimensions of either behavioural or scientific approaches to
management can be effective.
This is a rather simplistic definition of behavioural approaches. It could have been improved by noting that these
approaches focus on organizations as social system--while acknowledging their "human side" and how this impacts
Key Recommendations for Improving this Answer
Make reference to key theorists by name (e.g., Mayo, Parker Follett). This signals to the reader that the student is
aware that concepts and theories evolve, and are constructed by thinkers (and are not merely facts).
The structure and readability of this answer would have been improved by using paragraphs and/or subheadings.
Paragraphs are generally unified around a main point. Key concepts might also have been underlined.
Compose a concluding paragraph indicating awareness that neither approach to management guarantees success. It
might also include specific reference to themes such as the nature of the product, the nature of respective employees,
the nature of the industry and its context--and how each of these impact on which approach may be most suitable or
Part II--Essay Question #1
The Behavioural Approaches to management are the only way to succeed in today�s business environment.
Discuss this statement by drawing