As we explore the many facets of productivity management, it is helpful to view the practice of management through the lenses of people who have helped shape our understanding of it. For example, many people consider Frenchman Henri Fayol (1841 – 1925) to be the first management thinker. He defined the management role thus:

“To manage is to forecast and plan, to organise, to command, to co-ordinate and to control.”

We can still see the relevance of his thoughts on management today!

Very obviously approaches to the practice of management have changed over the last 100 years. Our interactive learning resource, provides you with a summary of some of the leading management thinkers in the field. We have set you a productivity challenge at the end of the resource to test your knowledge of the subject matter!

To view the interactive resource, please click on the orange ‘Launch’ button below and follow the instructions on screen.

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Please view our short video presentation to consider how the theories of management may be applied in your role as a supervisor or first-line manager.


Productivity Management Toolbox

To assist you in applying management thinking to your role, we have developed an editable productivity management template. To access the template, please click on the document link to open and download in the normal way.

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