Global management theories and the management jungle by Koontz

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The global management theories and the management jungle describedby Koontz

The global management theories fit in the management jungle describedby Koontz. In particular, Koontz in his management theory of jungledescribed the six schools of thoughts that explain managers’intelligence and knowledge in regard to management (Battilana andDorado, 2010). According to Koonzt, managers’ approachto the concept of management is influenced by these distinctapproaches the empirical, behavioral, management process, decisiontheory and the mathematic approach. Owing to these divergentapproaches on what constitute management, managers find themselvesentangled on what management means managers are ‘lost’ andconfused about what management means (Chatterjee and Hambrick,2011).

In short, management jungle means the absence of maturity in theory,practice and science of management that leaves many practicingmanagers with limited knowledge on management. The global managementtheories are no better and represent the continuing jungle that isincreasingly becoming impenetrable and dense on what succinctlyrepresent the science and practice of management. The continuedweakening on theories and science of management could be attributedto inadequacy of trained specialist in the area of basic managementpractice. Most trainers are drawn from divergent fields leading tothe infiltration and dilution on effective management theories(Beckman, 2010).

However, although management theories are not statistic and changeswith regard to technology, society and economy, the foundationaltheory of management practice cannot be wished away. Managementencompasses various aspects such as human behavior management,decision making, production management and other hosts of managementpractices (Satya&amp Parthasarathy, 2013). To this end, managersrequire deep understanding on theoretical case studies of managementpractices in order to have the needed knowledge of management inrelation to the area of application. The contemporary global theorieson management have significantly diluted various aspects ofmanagement theory and this contributes to the growing confusion onwhat ideally constitute effective management practice. Managementpractice deals with people and decision making, As such, the basicfoundation of management theory lies on the understanding of humaninteractions, ‘organizing’ individuals’ behaviors (Zhaochun,2011).

However, the concept of management theory goes beyond ‘managing’human actions to managing decisions, productions, operations or evenmanaging crisis. Therefore, as Koontz observed, there is need for aholistic management theory that encompasses wide array of aspects inan organization. Effective management theory is one that equipsindividuals with knowledge skills of managing people, situations,objects, operations and managing decisions within an organization. Ina broader sense, the basic management science and theory shouldencompass planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling(Nicolini, 2013).


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