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    In what way(s) can you identify with this style? How do you differ?

    Name an organization that has adopted this style and describe whether it was successful.

    Consider the following scenario and apply your management style to it. How would you act in your chosen management style? You are the director of Tri-County Home Health Agency and, due to financial reasons, you are to implement an RIF (reduction in force), also known as a lay-off. How will you decide which jobs will have to be eliminated, who will be in on the decision-making process, and how will you notify employees about your decisions?

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    In what way(s) can you identify with this style? How do you differ?

    According to the classical school of management employees only have economical and physical needs, and that social needs and need for job satisfaction do not count. I do not identify with this style because I feel that employee job satisfaction and social needs are important for employees. This school of thought advocates a high level of specialization of labor. I feel that multifunctional training and job rotation is beneficial to good management. Also the classical school advocates centralized decision making, the place where I work delegates decision making to the work teams and work teams often delegate decision making to employees. I cannot identify with the classical style of management. I am aware that centralized decision making works well in some industries but I do not identify with such industries.

    According to the classical school rules and regulations are important and provide certainty to the process. The organization where I work allows teams to develop rules for their own functioning. According to the classical school there should be impersonal relationship between managers and employees. I identify with this principle. Another principle of the classical school that I identify with is that competence and not favoritism should be the basis of ...

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    The answer to this problem explains the different needs of employees and their importance in motivation. Six references related to the answer are also included.

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