Overview of Management Assignment
Kudler Fine Foods is a specialty food store located in the San Diego metropolitan area. The company has three locations: La Jolla, Del Mar and Encinitas. Each store has approximately 16,000 s.f. of retail space located in a fashionable shopping center. The stores are stocked with domestic and imported foodstuffs and divided into five departments: Fresh Bakery and Pastries, Fresh Produce, Fresh Meat & Seafood, Condiments and Packaged Foods, Cheese's and Specialty Dairy Products. Kathy Kudler - the founder - wanted to create one store that would stock a wide selection of the freshest ingredients as well as all of the tools a gourmet cook could ever want. Kathy was certain that combining the convenience of one-stop shopping with reasonable prices would be a recipe for success. The management process in a business includes four primary functions: a) Planning and Strategizing, planning is the function that assesses the management environment to set future objectives and map out activities necessary to achieve those objectives and strategizing involves the ability to focus on key objectives without getting mired in details, to sense and understand what is happening inside and outside the company, and to respond in an appropriate and timely fashion (Gomez-Mejia, & Balkin, 2002). The responsible of this function at Kudler Fine Foods is The President, Kathy Kudler. b) Organizing, involves specifying how the firm's human, financial, physical, informational, and technical resources are arranged and coordinated to perform tasks to achieve desired goals. Organizing activities include defining roles for all players, delegating tasks, marshalling and allocating resources, clarifying procedures, and determining priorities (Gomez-Mejia, & Balkin, 2002). The responsible parties of this function at Kudler Fine Foods are: âª The Store Managers: Kent Vesper (La Jolla), Laurie Priest (Del Mar) and Juanita Lopez...
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