When teaching the science of management, it is important that students understand basic principles of management theory and how to apply them under alternative conditions. When teaching the art of management, it is important for students to realize that memorizing the solution to a problem or knowing how to arrive at a solution using a cook book approach will not prepare them for the day-to-day decisions that must be made by all managers. Realizing that management decisions are dependent upon key assumptions such as environmental conditions, organizational goals, and resource endowments, will better prepare students to handle unusual situations that were not covered in class. Thus, focusing on higher levels of learning, such as evaluating and synthesizing, is essential for students who are developing management related problem solving skills.



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