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Administrative Studies
ADMS 1000
Rebecca Jubis

General Comments This is a very strong answer (13/15) because it takes a balanced approach to discussing the strengths and appropriateness of behavioural approaches to management, and it is well-supported with examples. Specific Comments The answer begins with a very good definition of behavioural approaches which taps into the "human side" of organizational life. The reference to Mayo as a key theorist is useful. An example is provided and the student explains how this company reflects the behavioural approach. The student makes good use of his personal work experience, and moreover ties this experience to Follett's ideas. Key Recommendations for Improving this Answer Use of the terms "valid" and "invalid" is problematic here--and throughout the essay, including the final sentence. The answer ends very weakly and vaguely. A brief conclusion is especially important in this type of answer (where two different approaches have been discussed). Certainly, there should be some effort to indicate that the strength of either approach to management connects closely to the type of product, the nature of employees, the nature of the industry, etc. 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 on relevant examples from the course or from your own experience. (15 marks) Behavioural approaches to management are managerial perspectives that consider the social and human side of organizations. This approach says that to achieve maximum productivity an understanding of human needs is essential. There are both valid and invalid points to this statement. It is true that many successful companies follow the behavioural approaches of Elton Mayo, who says that organizations are social systems and that managing involves so
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