Functions of Management
December 5, 2010
Tracey Chandler, instructor
American Cancer Society: Functions of Management
The American Cancer Society is an organization that exists to research preventative, curative and recovery techniques for fighting cancer. Even though this is a nonprofit enterprise, there are still people managing the available resources. For this assignment, we will continue to evaluate the four functions of management and how these functions apply to The American Cancer Society. Over the course of this document, we will describe how the functions affected by the factors of globalization, technology, diversity, innovation and ethics. The American Cancer Society may seem like it is unaffected by something like globalization, but it is as heavily affected as any other organization. Globalization is a phenomenon in which all of the world’s markets become interdependent and interconnected. In the planning function, this organization will have to find resources to produce the output; the input in this case is people. The brightest minds employed from all over the world to learn more about the disease, and the Society itself offers aid to other countries. In the organize step, this organization will deal with making sure the right people are in the right places, where they can do the most good. During the Leading phase, the company is affected because there may be cultural or language differences because of where the staff has come from. The effects of globalization inspected in the final phase, or the control function. In the last step, they would set standards for dealing around the world based on what had happened. Technology affects planning, organizing, leading, and controlling by increasing the capacity to perform daily operations more efficiently. The American Cancer Society’s patients benefit from technology allowing better treatment than previously considered. Chemotherapy treatment evolved as machines could treat lungs, pancreas, colon, ovaries, brain and other areas of the body that could not be treated by previous forms of procedural remedies. Technological advancements have changed how patients plan their lives after being diagnosed and during treatment. Technology has given patients hope by providing life prolonging medicines and operations. Vaccination, treatment, and screenings have become more sophisticated because of the research performed by scientists. The perception and approach to remedy this disease has changed as more data found and experiments have been done to discover answers for this mysterious genetic anomaly. Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program, the database of cancer survival rates used by the National Cancer Institute, has significantly lower survival rates than the Cancer Treatment of America. According to According to Cancer treatment center of America (2009), “Those diagnosed with Cancer between 2000 and 2005 22 percentage points higher; at 6 months 28 percentage points higher; at 1 year 25 percentage points higher; at 1.5 years 19 percentage points higher; at 2 years 19 percentage points higher; at 2.5 years 14 percentage points higher; and at 3 years 13 points higher at 3.5 years.” Technology has attracted different planning, and controlling techniques to mitigate the severity of the illnesses’ affects. Better results are a more tangible reality, and as time progresses, the survival rate will increase undoubtedly. “Diversity is an integral element of our mission that connects the communities and constituents that we serve, the staff and volunteers that work with us, and the donors that support us, all in an effort to eliminate cancer as a major health problem” American Cancer Society, 2010. Cancer affects people of all shapes, sizes, races, and denominations. The management team who represents Cancer patients has the same characteristics. “The Society’s 12 Divisions are governed by Division Boards of...