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The Five Functions of Effective Management
Lolita Davis
MGT330: Management for Organizations
Instructor: Sangita Patel

November 5, 2012

The Renacer Westside Community Development Corporation is a 501 © 3 not for profit community based organization. Renacer has been in existence since June, 1995. Renacer’s mission is to improve the quality of life for undeserved citizens in the Chicago area. The focus of this paper is to demonstrate how the five functions of effective management are implemented in the day to day operation of the organization. The services Renacer provides are as follows:

Job Placement

• Computer Training
• Economic Development
• Housing Assistance and Development
• ACT/SAT Test Preparation Services for High School students • Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Training Program
• Technical Assistance Providers to community organizations and • Construction Project Management
• Property Management
• Youth Services

Planning is a systematic process in which managers make decisions about future activities and the key goals that the organization will pursue. One primary element, strategic planning, focuses on planning for the future of the organization (Reilly, Minnick & Baack, 2011). When Renacer’s Board of Directors originally convened to start the planning process, we asked ourselves two questions. One, if we asked the community we are trying to serve what three services would they feel were essential to improving the community, what would they tell us? Two, if we asked ourselves that same question, what would our response be? We strongly felt that if we were going to engage in any kind of initial planning process, it had to include those individuals who the services would benefit. We felt that we should provide services that would economically uplift the community, so we felt economic development would be our focus. The community informed us that training educating youth and job creation is what they needed. As a result of a strategic planning process that included “stakeholders” from the community, we decided to focus on job placement, computer training and ACT/SAT test preparation. We also provided homework assistance for both elementary and high school students. We also discovered that while trying to provide these core services, there were other underlying factors that served as barriers. It was difficult for children to concentrate on their studies if they were hungry. It was extremely difficult for children if they had to cross gang boundaries to attend school. Children were embarrassed to attend school if they didn’t have clean clothes to wear. Children who were products of schools who didn’t provide a quality education found themselves in 6th and 7th grades reading at a 4th grade level. Strategic Planning not only had to take into account the services we were prepared to provide, but also the ones we weren’t. Organizing may be defined as the process of efficiently and effectively bringing people and resources together to create products and services. Organizing establishes task and authority relationships that allow people to work together to achieve the organization's goals. Organizing consists of three primary activities: (a) job design, (b) departmentalization, and (c) completion of the organizational structure (Reilly, Minnick & Baack, 2011). Once the Board of Directors decided what services would be initially provided, we looked at how we would we bring resources and people together to create those services. Because we had no funding, we were a volunteer organization. After I was appointed the Executive Director, my first order of business was to determine the type of jobs we needed to provided the agreed upon services. This process is known as job design. We needed a person who had specific knowledge in meeting with employers to determine their staffing needs...
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