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Classical Proponents of Public Administration

The classical approach to public administration, derived from Weber, Wilson

and Taylor, largely dominated most of the 20th century. In fact, Weber's
theory of bureaucracy is the most important theoretical principle of the
traditional model of public administration.

Frederick Taylor
an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial
He was one of the first management consultants. Taylor was one of the
intellectual leaders of the Efficiency Movement and his ideas, broadly
conceived, were highly influential in the Progressive Era (1890s-1920s).
Taylor summed up his efficiency techniques in his 1911 book The
Principles of Scientific Management. His pioneering work in applying
engineering principles to the work done on the factory floor was
instrumental in the creation and development of the branch of
engineering that is now known as industrial engineering. Taylor was also
an athlete who competed nationally in tennis and golf.
Frederick Taylor(Taylorism) had influenced public administration by way of
scientific management theories and principles.

Henri Fayol
was a French mining engineer, mining executive, author and director of
mines who developed a general theory of business administration that is
often called Fayolism.
He and his colleagues developed this theory independently of scientific
management but roughly contemporaneously. Like his contemporary,
Frederick Winslow Taylor, he is widely acknowledged as a founder of
modern management methods.

Leonard White
an American historian who specialized in public administration in the
United States.
His technique was to study administration in the context of grouped U.S.
presidential terms. An important founder of the field, White worked at the
University of Chicago after service in the administrations of Franklin D.

William Willoughby
was an author of public administration texts including works on budgeting.
He often worked with his twin brother, Westel W. Willoughby.
He was born on 20 July 1867 in Alexandria, Virginia

Mary Parker Follet

was an American social worker, management consultant, philosopher, and
pioneer in the fields of organizational theory and organizational behavior.
Along with Lillian Gilbreth, Mary Parker Follett was one of two great
women management gurus in the early days of classical management
theory. Follett is known to be "Mother of Modern Management".