Mr. Vincent, the Manager of a large supermarket, was taking a management course in the
evening programme at the local college. The Professor had given an interesting but disturbing
lecture the ...
... previous night on the various approaches to management. Vincent had always thought
that management involved just planning, organizing and controlling. Now this Professor was
saying that management could also be thought of as quantitative models, systems theory and
analysis, and even something called contingency relationships. Vincent had always considered
himself a good manager, and his record with the supermarket chain had proved it. He thought of
himself, “I have never used operations research models, thought of my store as an open system,
or developed or utilized any contingency relationship. By doing a little planning ahead,
organizing the store, and making some things got done, I have been a successful manager. That
other stuff just does not make sense. All the professor was trying to do was complicate things. I
guess I will have to know it for the test, but I am sticking with my old plan, organize and control
approach to managing my store.”
1. Critically analyze Mr. Vincent’s reasoning.
Vincent's reasoning is flawed because he is not open minded about his management approach. [ Although he has been successful as a manager, there is always room for improvement and by learning and ...
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