Add #15 Principle: Conformity to the Basic Origin

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Konopatov S.N.
Professor, Russian Federation

Add #15 Principle: Conformity to the Basic Origin

Aristotle noticed that well-being everywhere depends on two things: a choice of the correct goal, and a choice of a correct way of its achievement. In other words, to do the right things in the right way.
The 14 principles of Fayol define how to reach the goal (define the right way), but don't define, how correctly choose the goal (don't define the right things), what goal is correct.
As Peter Drucker has noticed, there is nothing more useless than to perform work effectively, that is not necessary to do at all.
So: what is necessary to do?
The answer has been given by N. Machiavelli with the concept of the "Basic Origin". Any organization which has deviated from the «basic origin», loses success & stability.
What is the «basic origin» of any system? It is the function, that is necessary to the suprasystem for which' execution the system was created, and which it should execute.
In my opinion (hypothesis), it is necessary to add to the 14 principles of Fayol the 15th principle: «Conformity to the Basic Origin».
Substantiation: this 15th principle:
1. Is orthogonal to fourteen principles of Fayol (mutually exclusive): it is not deduced from these 14 principles;
2. Essentially supplements the 14 principles of Fayol: it raises the exhaustiveness of the principles;
3. Destroys the isolation of Fayol's principles: connects them with others theoretical tools of management. For example, with Value Based Management (VBM). It is toolkit of application of a principle of conformity to the basic origin.
The trouble of modern management – it has many theoretical islands. Frequently not or poorly connected among themselves and even contradicting eachother.
The above suggested addition to the principles is directed against this trouble.


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