Management by the numbers

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Management by the numbers
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Management by the numbers is broad concept involving using gathering of statistics data, applying mathematical and numerical methods as a main and (sometimes) only technique used by management. This concept is closely related with operations management and both uses same methods and techniques in:

The concept of management by the numbers completely ignores aspects of social relations prevailing in the organization, the relationship between employees and management, communication, motivation, etc.


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