Chester Barnard's Management Theory: Overview


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What theory is an important part of Chester Barnard's overall natural systems theory?

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1. Which of the following best describes how Barnard viewed an organization?

2. Which scientific discipline did Barnard borrow from to model his theory of organizations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Chester Bernard used his 40 years of experience as an executive at AT&T to develop a theory of organizations as natural, cooperative systems that work according to a framework of principles and relationships. This quiz/worksheet combo lets you test your understanding on the key concepts of Bernard's management theory and how they apply to corporations and other types of organizations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Key elements of Bernard's management theory
  • Bernard's use of natural science to develop social science
  • The role of an executive
  • Bernard's strategy on motivation
  • Bernard's definition of an organization

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can define key phrases such as system equilibrium and inducement-contribution theory
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge of Bernard's management theory to answer questions about the role of executives or leaders in an organization
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Bernard's view of organizational authority to examine the success or failure of organizations
  • Critical thinking- use the historical context of the World War II era to examine Bernard's management theory

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Chester Bernard's management theory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines cooperative systems
  • Explains the scientific basis of Bernard's theory
  • Defines inducement-contribution theory
  • Explains the role of values and morality in organizations
  • Examines the roles of internal and external factors on an organization