COMPARE AND CONTRAST HENRY FORD’S AND HENRY FORD II’S MANAGEMENT STYLES USING 4 BASIC FUNCTIONS OF A MANAGER.
4 basic functions of a manager in accordance to Henri Fayol Principles of Management as follows :
• To organize '' Build up structure, both material and human, of the undertaking
• To lead '' Maintain activities among personnel
• To plan '' Examining the future and drawing up a plan of action. The elements of strategy.
• To control '' Seeing that everything occurs in conformity with established rules and expressed command
Organisations are groups of people, with ideas and resources, working toward common goal. It is a formal decision-making framework by which job tasks are divided, grouped, and co-ordinates.
Whilst Henry Ford ran FORD MOTOR in a stubborn and authoritarian management style that was rigidly centralized, Ford II was admissive of his weakness. The latter ran the organization in a modern management style, delegating various disciplines to skilled specialists.
Henry Ford became a “prisoner of his success”. He turned on some of his best and brightest when they launched design changes or plans which he had not approved. When he handed over the helm to his only child, Edsel Ford in 1919, he continued to remain in strict control.
On the contrary, Henry Ford’s II identified his weakness in management given the lack of experiences. He hired former GM executives Ernest Breech and Lewis Grusoe and that worked. In addition, he hired 10 young United States Army Forces '' WHIZ KIDS.
The intent of the hire was to bring Ford in line with modern management practices as well as spearheaded innovation.
This had proven its success with the revival of the chaotic FORD MOTOR to a public traded corporation in 1956.
Effective leaders carry the prime characteristics of having good interpersonal, inspirational, motivation and influential skills.
Henry Ford’s attempt to...