Contemporary Management Approaches & Socio-Technical Systems

Contemporary Management Approaches
Management styles that include socio-technical systems theory, quantitative management, organizational behavior, and systems theory.

The contemporary styles of management have been evolving through various periods of times since World War II. 

They are still the standard of modern managers principles.

6. Socio-technical Systems
A contemporary approach to job design that attempts to redesign tasks to optimize operation of a new technology while preserving employees interpersonal relationships and other human aspects of the work.

“Utilizing many of the classical styles of management, socio-technical theory suggests that organizations are affective when their employees (social system) have the right tools, training, and knowledge (technical system) to make products and services that are valued by customs.”

Developed in the 1950’s by London Based Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

Socio-technical systems theory describes how paramount it was to comprehend how coal miners social behavior interacted with the technical production system of their organizations.

They found that when there was a good fit between the social / technical systems and the demands of the marketplace consumers outside of the company, the company would achieve greater levels of effectiveness.

Socio-technical systems theory is a precursor to total quality movement (TQM) . 
(To be explored in future articles)