I referenced the bipolar managerial styles of Newtonians and Darwinians in my 2006 DMReview.com article “The Many Rooms of the Organization Mansion.”1 The Newtonians like to manage quantitative-oriented things such as operations management and finance. Their mechanical thinking relies on an MBA run-by-the-numbers management approach. They see the world and everything in it as a big machine, and they seek the levers, pulleys and dials. This managerial approach speaks in terms of production, power, efficiency and control, where employees are hired to be used and periodically replaced, somewhat as if they were disposable robots.

 

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