Functions of Management MGT 330 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 described as building a dynamic organization. The third function of management is leading. Leading is the manager’s way to stimulate employees to be high performers. Leading can be dealt with on a day to day basis by motivating and communicating with employees that are under the supervision of the manager. This can be done individually and in groups. Being a leader requires you to be a guide and inspire employees to achieve team and organizational goals; and a good manager will do so even in the personal life of its employees, if it is positive.
Leading can take place in a form of a teams, departments, or even divisions. Being a good leading manager he or she must be able to organize people to gather their good ideas. The fourth function of management is controlling. Controlling is when the manager monitors performances and make the necessary changes. When the manager is controlling he or she is making sure the organization’s resources are being used as planned and the organization and/or company is meeting the goals for quality and safety.
The person in control, usually the manager, if not responsible of things can delegate the responsibility to who they fell is more fit for the task. Being the manager you have to me in control of the environment around you. The manager in control makes sure that the organization and/or company is running smoothly as possible. The four functions of management should be conducted properly and the steps should be followed in its entirety. Planning, organizing, leading, and controlling can not only be used in the business world but can be used in your own personal life.
You would have to plan activities and etc, organize them so they can meet your family situation, like time and budget, you have to lead your family in the right direction to make sure the plan goes according, and stay in control so that things would be more successful all the way around. In your personal life it does make it easier if it is a two parent home. References: • Bateman, T. S. , & Snell, S. (2009). Management: Leading & collaborating in a competitive world (8th ed. ). New York: McGraw-Hill. • http://dictionary. reference. com/browse/management