July 5, 2010
Functions of Management
An effective manager should have all four functions of management. According to dictionary.com management is the person or persons controlling and directing the affairs of a business, institution, etc. With the world moving quickly around us Americans, management must make sure that they can adapt to these changes accordingly. A change can be something like technology, time management, and anything else within the company and/or organization. The four functions of management are planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. These four functions affect organizational success by not only evolving, but by the managers being able to adapt to the changing environment around them. The following will be a description of each of the four functions. The first function of management is planning. Planning is the making of decisions, regardless if it is individual, group, or even the whole organization and/or company, that will be pursued to be accomplished. Planning can include analyzing, anticipation, determining, deciding, choosing, and determining the best action to take to meet the organization’s goal. Planning also assist in setting the stage for accomplishment. Historically planning was done by the executives of the organization, but now a-days planning can be left up to other people of the organization that takes input from within the organization and/or company, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. The second function of management is organizing. Organizing is the assembly and coordinating of the necessary parts and/or parties that is needed to achieve the goal(s) that has been set. In this function, job responsibilities along with the conditions of the work environment may be set. In the third part of the textbook, Management: Leading & Collaborating in a Competitive World (8th ed.) by Bateman, T. S., & Snell, S. (2009), organizing is...