Henri Fayols Management Principles

Introduction to Management & Organisations



Write an essay of approximately 2000 (+/- 10%) words on the following:

According to Henri Fayol (1945), to manage is to forecast and plan, to organize, to command, to co-ordinate and to control.

Critically discuss Fayol’s perspective through an analysis of his and other views on management.

When writing your essay, you may wish to consider the following:


  • The perspective on management taken by Fayol;
  • The rationale behind Fayol’s argument;
  • Other perspectives on management;
  • Different approaches to the study of management taken by different authors;
  • Your essay should be analytical and discursive, not simply a description and comparison of Fayol’s and the work of others;
  • Be wary of internet sources – anyone can put anything on the internet so it doesn’t mean it is right; such sources, especially student essays, often have serious flaws!


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Assessment Criteria

 Essays will be assessed on the following basis:

  • The argument you make and its coherence and validity;
  • The appreciation you demonstrate of your understanding of different views and perspectives and the strengths and limitations of their arguments;
  • The material presented to support your argument and evidence of understanding this material;
  • The presentation of your essay, particularly in your writing and use of referencing.

For further details see the ‘Standard UG Assessment Criteria’ document in the Assignments Folder on Blackboard.



Plagiarism (i.e. copying) is an offence that could result in no mark being awarded for the essay or even dismissal from the University.  This includes all work which belongs to someone else, whether it is from a textbook, an article, the internet or one of your colleagues.  Any material which is not your own must be referenced appropriately.  Your essay will be checked for unaccepted use of internet sources by the plagiarism checker, Turnitin.  At Newcastle University Business School we have adopted the Harvard referencing style – all submitted work must conform to this.  For more details see the sources on blackboard.

Fayol H (1949), General and Industrial Management, London, Pitman

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