Functions of the Executive, a groundbreaking contribution to management theory. In The Functions of the Executive, by C.I. Barnard, 30th anniversary edition. Most of Chester Barnard’s career was spent in executive practice. A Mount Hermon and Harvard education, cut off short of the bachelor’s degree, was followed. Purpose of the book is to provide a comprehensive theory of cooperative behavior in formal organizations. The motivation of the book came.

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It depends on personal interest and personal based which may not be logical and cannot be delegated. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. According to Barnard this co-operative action comes into picture when the individual realizes that only alone he cannot achieve certain purposes.

A person can and will accept a communication as authoritative only when c.o.barnard conditions simultaneously obtain: Concept of Authority Barnard terms authority as “the character of communication order in a formal organization by virtue of which it is accepted” by a member of the organization.

My general debt is expressed in the acknowledgements [p. Communication Willingness to cooperate Common purpose An organization includes both formal and all possible informal aspects.

73 – The Functions of the Executive (Barnard, 1938)

Detail of title page of eleventh printing. It embraces 4 different kind fo economies: His contributions includes ” The Functions of the Executive” and “Organization and Management” which are considered to be an important work in management Science. Interesting personal discussion points: Always with the organization which is information based, logical and delegated adhere to organizational goal. Theories derived from practical work as executive at NJ Bell Company Interesting issues and findings: Starting from the individual level Barnard tne on to the co-operative effort of group of individuals and then to the executive functions.


Salient Features of New Public Management. The members of an organization keep on interacting with each other due to some personal desires and not necessarily on the basis of organizational purpose, Such interactions can get systematized exeuctive give rise to what are called informal organizations. One is an exposition of a theory of cooperation and organization and constitutes the first half of the book. According to him, it is not possible to study the organization just on the basis of organizational charts, rules and regulations.

The empire of the Kushanas proved a great civilising factor. Barnard I owe a special debt: Features exectuive New Public Administration. Saturday, August 10, It has come to be equated with commitme C.i.barnarf said “Formal organization used informal organization as a means to protect the individual from the domination of formal organization”.

The second is a study of the functions and of the methods of operation of executives in formal organizations. Formally this work is divided into four parts, but in a sense it consists c.o.barnard two short treatises. Chapter XII”The Theory of Authority” pages is notable for its summary of the conditions for authoritative communications, its explanation of “zone of indifference,” and its distinction between “authority of position” and “authority of leadership.

What I would now regard as the principal novelties in Administative [ sic ] Behavior are the development of the concept of organizational identification…, the description of the decision process in terms of the processing of decision premises, and the bounded rationality notions….

London and New York: We will study the views of Barnard under the following heads: The Functions of the Executive: Barnard and His Theories of Organization and Management. Academy of Management Review. As the acceptability of the orders of the executive depends on whether they fall within this zone, the executive in organization should be conscious of this zone. The Functions of the Executive was to be the only book that Barnard ever wrote; however, he also wrote articles for journals, and collections of such articles have been published in books e.


Therefore, organizations are constantly adopting new purposes. Barnard gives an overview of his arguments in his Preface: The Classical theory or structural theory was criticized on the following grounds: The Best Business Books Ever: Barnard observes that “cooperation, not leadership, is the creative process; but leadership is the indispensable fulminator of its forces.

The organization comes into existence when:. The main themes discussed in the Minnowbrook I conference were: Significance of Public Policy in Public Administration. The remaining chapters in Part I elaborate on the relationships among people in a “cooperative system”:. He does not agree with traditional concept of authority and proposes “acceptance” as the basis of authority.

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Conversations with Chester I. A member fumctions the organization accepts a communication as authoritative only when four of the following conditions are simultaneously satisfied: This helps him to analyze common aspects and at the same time, differentiate them. It is only possible by learning the “organizational ropes” that is to know the organization thoroughly it is quite important to know the informal organizations within the formal ones.

Zone of indifference is a zone of activity the orders falling within which will be accepted by the individuals unmindful of the nature of the authority.

In order to sustain the organization there must be cooperation among the individuals which can be achieved through the following three pre-conditions:. A system of consciously coordinated activities or forces of two or more persons.

This can be done by proper motivation, training and education etc.