Management as an Art

Management is also regarded as art because they both share similar characteristics. A look at the definition of art and you will understand how close both of them are. “Art is a systematic body of knowledge that requires creativity and skill. An artist also needs constant practice to become perfect or reach a certain level of perfection considered acceptable”.

However, the point here is art needs to be expressed by a real person. One cannot learn and not apply knowledge gained in his or her artistic work. In other words, an individual or specific person must use his skills and creativity to produce something impressive. Once the basic principles are learned, students will then be required to take them further and also mix with their creativity to produce something visible. It is also out of place to call someone an artist when he or she has never created anything.

Features that Makes Management an Art:

These are features of art that apply to management. It clearly shows that calling it art is not out of place.

1. Use of Theoretical Knowledge

Art is learned and applied. The learning process comes before the application. There is a vast amount of resources to learn and develop industry knowledge on art which includes study materials and books available to help artists acquire a better understanding and deliver quality output.

However, the same thing applies to management. There is theoretical knowledge acquired through learning. In other words, managers can learn about management operations and principles provided in study materials. It’s also a feature in art.

2. Personalized Application

One can learn and acquire theoretical knowledge while studying art, but it doesn’t end there. The knowledge gained must be applied efficiently to yield results. And as a result, every artist is expected to possess personal skills and creativity so he or she can put the knowledge gained to good use. Even when two or more artists learn the same thing, their creativity and skills will determine how well they will end up using the knowledge gained.

The same thing applies to management. Learning management principles and theories isn’t enough. One needs to have the required skills and creativity to use the knowledge gained to achieve positive results. As with art, two or more managers can learn the same thing, but the result produced might be different because of their skill and creativity.

3. Practice and Creativity

Every artist needs constant practice to reach perfection. Without regular training, the artist in question will also not improve. After learning their theoretical aspect, the artist can work on the practicals to attain perfection.

What about management? Does practice count? The answer is yes. A manager by certification will not go far without practicing or securing a managerial role. Those management principles learned, in theory, must be put to practice. Applied with creativity, the manager can identify areas he or she needs to develop and work on accordingly. So, training is essential in art and management. Hence management is an art because they both have the same feature.

Management as both Science and Art

Management is also Science. It involves everything used in classifying a field like science. For instance, science establishes a cause and effect relationship between variables. It also takes into account, the principles that bind the variables in question.

However, scientific principles are established via the usual scientific methods which involve testing.  And this process includes the observation and verification done through a series of testing.

Many authors and individuals regard management as a group. Some also view it as an art and profession. But to know if management sincerely represents these things, one has to consider the features of a group, art, and occupation. And then compare them with the meaning and characteristics of management.

Sonia Kukreja

I am a mother of a lovely kid, and an avid fan technology, computing and management related topics. I hold a degree in MBA from well known management college in India. After completing my post graduation I thought to start a website where I can share management related concepts with rest of the people.
Sonia Kukreja