Ch 2: Organizational Theories for Human Resources

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Study organizational theories for human resources with concise lessons that teach you about Fayol's theory on staff management, Herzberg's two-factor theory, and much more. The video lessons in this chapter are especially valuable when working on class assignments or prepping for a test.

Organizational Theories for Human Resources - Chapter Summary

Convenient and engaging, these video lessons on organizational theories for human resources review Henri Fayol's management principles and his theory on worker satisfaction. You'll also get clarity on the pyramid in Maslow's hierarchy of needs. By the end of the chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Discuss the classical scientific school of management
  • Explain Frederick Taylor's thoughts on management
  • Outline how the human relations movement is important to organizational behavior
  • Describe Theory X and Theory Y as they relate to different types of managers
  • Recount Herzberg's two-factor theory
  • Discuss Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory
  • Explain the theory of achievement motivation
  • Provide an overview of Fayol's theory on staff management

These lessons on organizational theories for human resources are insightful, easy to comprehend, and mobile-friendly. While the there's an extensive amount of information provided in this chapter, you can choose to focus on the topics you haven't quite grasped. You can even measure your knowledge of the concepts in each lesson by taking a short quiz. If you want to study offline, simply print the quiz as a worksheet.

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Organizational Theories for Human Resources
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Classical Scientific School of Management

1. Classical Scientific School of Management

The scientific school of management focused on the 'science' of creating specialized work processes and workforce skills to complete production tasks efficiently. This lesson will discuss the development of scientific management and how it is applied by management as illustrated by the classic example of Henry Ford's Model T production line.

Frederick Taylor & Management: Maximizing Productivity & Efficiency

2. Frederick Taylor & Management: Maximizing Productivity & Efficiency

Known as the father of scientific management, Frederick Taylor revolutionized management practices. This lesson will discuss the contributions Taylor made to the field of management, most of which are still used today to maximize productivity and efficiency.

Fayol's Theories on Staff Management and Worker Satisfaction

3. Fayol's Theories on Staff Management and Worker Satisfaction

In this lesson, we'll discuss how Henri Fayol's final seven principles play out in the workplace. Using a professional restaurant kitchen as an example, you'll learn about the importance of worker satisfaction and other elements of effective management.

Henri Fayol's Management Principles: Managing Departmental Task Organization

4. Henri Fayol's Management Principles: Managing Departmental Task Organization

Prior to Henri Fayol's development of an administrative theory of management, managers took a scientific approach to work, attempting to maximize productivity by treating their workers like machines. Fayol's 14 Principles of Management focus on the entire organization rather than just the work. This lesson covers the first seven of these principles.

The Human Relations Movement: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior

5. The Human Relations Movement: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior

The human relations movement in organizational behavior focuses on the person as an individual and not as just another part of the mechanics of production. The implementation of this theory decreases turnover, absenteeism and poor job commitment.

Theory X & Theory Y: Two Types of Managers

6. Theory X & Theory Y: Two Types of Managers

Have you ever thought your boss despises you and all your co-workers? Or maybe you've lucked out and your superiors really encourage you to be yourself. This lesson describes the two types of managers you might have, Theory X and Theory Y. Find out how the idea of self-fulfilling prophecies affects employees actions according to Douglas McGregor.

Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory: Hygiene Factors & Motivation

7. Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory: Hygiene Factors & Motivation

This lesson describes Frederick Herzberg's two-factor theory, which is based on the idea of how hygiene factors and satisfiers or motivators are used to provide satisfaction to employees in work environments.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

8. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

Why is it that when some of our needs aren't met, it's almost impossible to concentrate on other ones? Psychologist Abraham Maslow spent his career looking for these answers. Watch this lesson to learn about some of his most important conclusions.

Achievement Motivation: Theory & Definition

9. Achievement Motivation: Theory & Definition

What motivates you in life? In this lesson, we will focus on achievement as the prime factor of motivation and how it influences some to set and accomplish goals.

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