Functions of Managers in a Modern Organisation

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Critically asses and evaluate what functions Managers Perform in a Modern organisation and what skills they require?

There are many different views on what functions managers should or are expected to perform within a modern organisation and what skills they require. Rosemary Stewart (1967) expressed this idea, 'A manager is someone who gets things done with the aid of people and other resources'. Being a manager is not only a distinct occupation but is also a desired universal human activity. Individuals learn through experience, skills and expectations that we have a certain 'duty' to manage our lives, for example, a mother should manage her child into a good upbringing. There are certain required functions that a manager must perform in order to be successful, whether it is working as an individual or working in a team. There are also certain skills they require which include personal qualities, different experiences and a broad knowledge of the company and others. There are many different functions within an organisation in which a manager has to perform in order to be successful. As Henry Mintzberg (1973) explained, these functions can be divided into three main categories, 'informational, interpersonal and decisional'[i]. The informative functions include duties which set the basis for the organisation, it is the manager's duty to collect information and research that will help develop and maintain success. In a modern organisation it is also relevant to forward such information to other members through the use of technology, i.e. phone calls, emails or simply orally. Not only is research needed within a company but also needed to broaden the knowledge of successes and failures of others, so one can progress and develop. A modern organisation has great competition from others in the same line of industry, it is a very competitive world today and therefore research outside the company is just as important in able to keep an understanding of what...
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