Is Management an Inexact Science?

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Is Management an Inexact Science?
AQEEL RAZA, Accountant, Pakistan, Member
Social sciences are considered inexact. And indeed, the knowledge and study of management is quite an inexact science for many reasons:
  • There is no laboratory for testing the principles of management.
  • The inclusion of actions by humans in management.
  • Management is based on imaginations and thoughts.
  • Management is already old but there are many changes in its nature.
  • Exact sciences acquire knowledge from experiments and observation of research materials. Management deals a lot with the minds of human beings.
  • Management applies knowledge according to the situation although it is using principles, methods and models to achieve a result.
  • Management is also a science neither visible nor complete like other scientific knowledge. The chance of its total visibili...Sign up

Management is an Exact Science Also
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
The outcomes are the results of the interplay of the entities of the system. If the right entities are there and with the right interactions of the en...Sign up

Management is a Practice, not a Science
Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico, Member
According to Peter Drucker, management is a practice, not a science.
It's about performance and its practices are based on knowledge an on...Sign up

Management is an Inexact Practice
Graham Williams, Management Consultant, South Africa, Premium Member
@Javier's comment that practice is a more appropriate description of management than science, makes sense. Being e...Sign up

Management is a SYSTEMIC Science
Olaf de Hemmer, Business Consultant, France, Member
The Valeur(s) & Management network of experts concluded that corporate issues can be analyzed, understood and improved by using methods based not on C...Sign up

Science is Science
I often hear/read the sloppy use of the word 'science' in business. I think people may believe something (more) if the word 'science' is used. It is v...Sign up

Social Sciences and Sciences
adam djeddi, Algeria, Member
When you want to mention science, it is enough to tell what this science is. Like: physics, mathematics... But when we add the word - science - to des...Sign up

Management is a Practice or Art, not a Science
Jose Montoya, Professor, Venezuela, Member
Management is a Practice or Art, not a Science. I agree with that postulate. There is no monopoly of any knowledge or at least an episteme. It only re...Sign up

Whether Management is Art or Science?
krishnamohan, Teacher, India, Member
In my opinion, it is neither purely art or science discipline. Management is an applied science. It has many characteristics of both science an...Sign up

Management is a Complex Activity
Andre-Ambrosio ABRAMCZUK, Teacher, Brazil, Member
Physics, Chemistry and Biology are exact sciences because they study processes which show the same effects as consequences of the same causes.<...Sign up

Management is an Inexact Science
James Antwi, HR Consultant, Swaziland, Member
I agree that management is an inexact science, because management principles are true within some margin of errors and their application is typically ...Sign up

Management is a Chaotic Science
Francis, Manager, Thailand, Member
💡I think management is a science as success & failure mode can be repeated with similar parameter settings. However it is under constant ch...Sign up

Is Management an Inexact Science?
LOGOFATU OCTAVIAN, Director, Romania, Member
Basically, management is an art. Definitions in accordance with "management is the science of making things run well" I consider being wrong.
For...Sign up

Management is Real Science
habib shamsi, Director, Iran, Member
High quality management results from applying scientific creations. It is essential a manager knows about and uses sciences. It is impossible someone ...Sign up

Is Management an Inexact Science?
Graham Williams, Management Consultant, South Africa, Premium Member
@Andre-Ambrosio ABRAMCZUK makes a good point. In examining management in practice for the purpose of advancing kno...Sign up

Management Really is not Sceince
Mohamed Ibrahim Hassan, Somalia, Member
Really Management is not a science subject because it has no formula and experiments as we are seeing in science subjects.
And also management ha...Sign up

Management is a Discipline Involving Science + Art
Gabi Levin, Israel, Member
What is science?
Common wisdom tells that science is capable of defining rules, that - if followed -will always have the same result. Based on th...Sign up

Management Science
Olaf de Hemmer, Business Consultant, France, Member
@Olaf de Hemmer: well, I agree with some of the reactions: management itself is not a science, but management sci...Sign up

Management is not a Science
Andre-Ambrosio ABRAMCZUK, Teacher, Brazil, Member
@Habib shamsi: I insist and repeat: Management is not science, but activity that can be studied scientifically<...Sign up

Management Science
Jose Luis Roces, Professor, Argentina, Premium Member
In my opinion it is a systemic social knowledge field, which includes practices and behaviors in all activities.
The effectiveness of management ...Sign up

Management is Both an Art and a Science
Riungu Festus Kinyua, Lecturer, Kenya, Member
Management is both an art and science:
- When you manage processes and systems in the workplace, a lot of science is required as argued by Fayol ...Sign up

The Most Effective Managers are Artists ... not Scientists
Don Berry, Manager, United States, Member
@Graham Williams: Exactly! Those who view management as a science focus on processes and tweaking formulas when t...Sign up

No Universal Meaning of Management
Meshesha, Financial Consultant, Ethiopia, Member
All ideas raised above seem sound, but how can we reach on similar conclusion. We have been learning Management is a discipline in most business cours...Sign up

Manager have to be Artistic
Riungu Festus Kinyua, Lecturer, Kenya, Member
Strategy is an art, dealing with people is an artistic process, and systems are normally fixed and routine which allows a scientific approach. Overall...Sign up

Management is Bigger than Science
Thob, Accountant, Member
To me management is not a science but rather something bigger than science. Scientists can agree with me that even science needs to be managed. So man...Sign up

Management is not a Science
Tim Dibble, Project Manager, United States, Member
A science is based on the scientific principle. Establish a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, analyze the data, adjust the hypothesis until you have a ...Sign up

Management is an Illusive Concept
Gabi Levin, Israel, Member
In continuation to @my previous post - where I suggested it is a discipline based on science and art. It reminds m...Sign up

Management Can Be an Exact Science!
MUCHERWA NGONI, Student (University), Zimbabwe, Member
70% of management is a science. 30% is art. Management is a science because you can falsify your assumptions by using numbers. In other words y...Sign up

Practice Ignores Rigorous, Valid Research
Vincent Miholic, Manager, United States, Member
In this stream, @Javier Elenes quotes Drucker, "Management is Practice." What's missing? Not inexact science. More...Sign up

Studying Management is Social Science; Managing is Not.
Exactly... Not sure why other people find this so difficult to grasp. Or try and fudge it! Studying management could and I say could be viewed as bran...Sign up

Apply Management Combining Arts and Sciences
eduardo oliva, Professor, Mexico, Member
Excellent managers usually apply a successful combination of arts and sciences, both in a rational and intuitive manner. To what extent management is ...Sign up

Science is Science
Wrong and right. Management doesn't apply the scientific model to their work. They think they may do, but they don't. Even when they experiment which ...Sign up

Management as Inexact Art
Delfor Ibarra, Consultant, Argentina, Member
Each particular science has revealed its inaccuracy and after that each individual has attempted to demonstrating this; nevertheless even if it is con...Sign up

The Best Managers / Parents
WALTER CASQUINO, Professor, Peru, Premium Member
The head of a family deals with his family problems with basic management features. Although he gives his children the same goodies, care, hard hand w...Sign up

Management and “Science” - Discuss
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
Words have definitions. People interpret or re-apply these giving new meanings and referents. The variants may become the norm and make original defin...Sign up

Management is not a Science
eduardo oliva, Professor, Mexico, Member
Management it is not a science for none of its phenomenology can be replicable and, thus, approachable on an accurate manner. Nonetheless, some parts ...Sign up

Why Management is a Science
Magassouba, Student (University), Guinea, Member
In my opinion it's a Science because it constitutes an organized knowledge from different practices in different fields of management. Managers are ab...Sign up

Is Management an Inexact Science?
Andre-Ambrosio ABRAMCZUK, Teacher, Brazil, Member
Science is an "offline" activity. Some activities are "offline", applying scientific principles, for example, production planning in a factory. Other ...Sign up

Science or Knowledge
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
@Magassouba: Magassouba / Editor "Organised knowledge is science" Hmm; literally yes. However I believe this refer...Sign up

Is Management a Science
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
@Maurice Hogarth: I agree, a library is not a science, nor is 12manage. They merely support science. (By the way, ...Sign up

Management is Practicing System Laws
Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, Premium Member
@Jaap de Jonge: I suggest we take the Art v Science argument to a lower level of granularity: to the Systems level...Sign up

Science Says Management Isn’t a Science
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
@Jaap de Jonge: A need to clarify: Can a library of novels be an aid to “science”?
Science comes from the Lat...Sign up

Management is Both a Science and Practice
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
@Maurice Hogarth: In my opinion, the models and methods that are described on 12manage certainly aim to help pract...Sign up

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