I will be providing an overview of the four functions of management and how it relates to the agency I am currently employed with, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC).
Based on what I have read in Management: The New Competitive Landscape (2004) I find that my agency is typical in many ways. We have multiple layers of management: 1.
SC DHEC Director
Assistant Agency Director
Region 1 Health Director
Region 1 Administrator
Region 1 System Coordinator
Region 1 BabyNet System Manager
BabyNet Administrative Support
My job function in this multi-layer organization is BabyNet Administrative Support. I will detail how the four functions of management relate to my agency, supervisor, and position.
Management as defined in the Random House Webster's College Dictionary (Random House, Inc. 1992) as "1. The act or process of managing. 2. Skill in managing; executive ability. 3. The persons controlling and directing an enterprise; executives. 4. Such persons considered as a class." A shorter definition is the "Process of working with people and resources to accomplish organizational goals." Management: The New Competitive Landscape (2004).
Management has four basic functions planning, organizing, leading, and controlling also known as the fundamental management principles. Even though business has changed over the years these basic fundamentals have remained constant. The four basic fundamentals have evolved in many ways and some have noted a fifth, evaluating, but the principals have remained the same. Some of the new terms:
The Old Functions of Management
The New Functions of Management Planning
Motivating or Empowering
Fundamental Management Principles
Lets look at each principle as defined in our text -...
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