Management Hall of Fame
Most Respected Management Gurus

Henri Fayol
Father Administrative Management School  (1841-1925)

  • "To manage is to forecast and plan, to organize, to command, to coordinate, and to control." (Henri Fayol)

Key Work

  • Appointed as director of a group of mines.
  • Publish General and Industrial Management - Planning. Organization, Command Control) - Used as a basis for formal management education and training

He developed the "functional principle." which involved the following management lessons:

  1. Plan: Prepare yearly and 10-yearly plans, and act on them;
  2. Organize: Prepare organizational charts to demonstrate and encourage order
  3. Coordinate: Recruit and train carefully to ensure each employee was in the right place
  4. Command: Adhere to the principle of the chain of command
  5. Control: Arrange regular meetings with heads of departments and divisions to ensure coordination.

First, he divided all organizational activities into six functions:

  1. Technical: engineering, production, manufacture, adaptation;
  2. Commercial: buying, selling, exchange;
  3. Financial: the search for optimum use of capital;
  4. Security: protection of assets and personnel;
  5. Accounting: stocktaking, balance sheets, costs, statistics;
  6. Managerial: planning, organizing, commanding, coordinating, controlling.

Books & References:

  • General and Industrial Management. Revised by Gray, Irwin. New York: IEEE Press, 1984.
  • Brech, Edward. The principles and practice of management. 3rd ed. London: Longman, 1975.

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