JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PRACTICE
The Relevance of Scientific Management and Equity Theory in Everyday
Managerial Communication Situations
Author(s): Reginald L. Bell, Jeanette S. Martin
Citation: Reginald L. Bell, Jeanette S. Martin, (2012) "The Relevance of Scientific Management and Equity Theory in Everyday Managerial Communication Situations," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 13, Iss. 3, pp. 106 - 115
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
In this article, we take a look at why and how managers should communicate with their employees the value of scientific management and why it is still relevant today. Moreover, we will show managers how they should use communication to address employees’ feelings of unfairness. Finally, we will present a hypothetical case example that will help make clear the main points of how managers should use communication to teach their present-day employees the value of Frederick Winslow Taylor’s principles of scientific management and how to use concepts from Equity Theory to confront employees’ feelings of inequity in a modern business environment. The case will be followed with questions concerning the applicability of these two theories when managers are training subordinates, who are not college graduates, to do their work.