The scientific approach to management

Compare the scientific approach to management with the human relations movement and discuss the implications for the understanding of management and organization. Last year, in very few cases students did not provide a scientific essay (either not using any literature at all, only non-scientific internet sources, or listing a few references without indicating their use in the text). In these cases I rejected the essay as being non-scientific and therefore not meeting the exam requirements. Evaluation criteria • Structure of the essay: One of the materials provided in Blackboard says: “(E)ssays should make an argument: your essay should have a point and reach a conclusion, even if tentative, and you should try to convince the reader that your point is correct.” o Statement: From the above it becomes clear that you need to provide a clear statement about the point that your essay is going to make. Without such a statement it will be impossible for me to evaluate whether your main section convincingly argues for your statement and whether your conclusion connects to the purpose of your essay. o Main part of the text: Please note that the following statements require different ways of argumentations in the main part of the essay: • “I argue that gender has nothing to do with good leadership.”, • “Women are better leaders depending on the situation.” • “Asking whether women are better leaders is meaningless since such a question only serves reinforcing the use of gender stereotypes.” o Conclusion: ‘Does the conclusion connect to the statement?’, will be the question that I ask here. Or does that final part of the essay draw a conclusion unrelated to the statement made in the introduction or unrelated to what has been written in the main section? o List of references: I do not prefer anyparticular style but I argue that a scientific essay requires a list of references that adheres to scientific standards. 6 pages, excl. list of references

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