Functions of Management
George R. Sfeir
Functions of Management
In order for any type of business to flourish in today society it need many key elements. More importantly it needs people to work for an organization. Each of these organizations has a structure that everyone must follow. That is to say that people will be lead by other people. In corporations all the way to the local small business you have a simple structure of managers. “Managers are organizational members who are responsible for the work performance of organizational members,” (Simmering, Marcia, 2007). Traditionally we think of any organization being lead by one manager and everyone else ...view middle of the document...
Before any plan can be executed, it must be set up in an organized fashion. Management must determine the course at hand that must be taken to achieve the organizations goals by establishing the inside configuration, such as departments, relationships between departments, responsibilities, and assign required resources (Pakhare, Jayashree, 2007).
Another key element of the four functions of management is leading which can also be known as directing. Leading is the function of management where managers motivate and communicate with personnel to achieve the organizations goals (Pakhare, Jayashree, 2007). Here management builds interpersonal relationships and problem solving techniques that are need. They motivate their work force and empower them to achieve the goals on hand. This involves the close daily contact with personnel.
The last element of the functions of management is controlling. Controlling is the function in which management establishes standards that are in line with the organizations goals by monitoring performance. The implement changes as needed and make sure that all resources on hand are being used, goals are met, quality of the product is high or service being provided, and safety standards are practiced (Pakhare, Jayashree, 2007).
Interaction with the Four Functions of Management
Managers interact with the different functions of management in their different levels of management all the time. An organization is comprised of top, middle and first level managers. Each level of management is more engaged in the different functions of management than the other level. Top level managers are known as CEO, CFO, COO, and CIO. At this level of management, managers are engaged in setting goals, directing the company to achieve these goals and are responsible for the performance of the company. They are most involved in the function of planning. Middle level managers are responsible for carrying out the goals set by top level managers. They set up departments, motivate and assist first level managers, send feedback to top level managers from first level managers. They are mostly evolved in organizing and controlling functions of management. First level management are responsible for the day to day management of line workers. They are important because they are the first person the employee interacts...