Functions of Management 1
The Four Functions of Management
September 27, 2010
Functions of Management 2
Every company, no matter how big or small, sets organizational goals in which to achieve.
Managers of these organizations are the individuals who are charged with meeting these goals in the most effective and efficient ways possible. Bateman and Snell hold that management is the process of working with people and resources to accomplish organizational objectives. The process behind meeting these goals begins with the four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
Planning is defined as “specifying the goals to be ...view middle of the document...
We are now in the process of planning a customer service initiative to travel across a seven state region to visit our subordinate organizations so that we may train them and answer any questions that they may have concerning best business practices and strategies.
Functions of Management 3
The second function of management is organizing. Organizing, as defined by Bateman and Snell, is “assembling and coordinating the human, financial, physical, informational, and other resources needed to achieve a goal.” Organization takes place after the planning process is complete. Many managers feel it necessary to delegate tasks to subordinate employees to better accomplish or organize the plan at hand. In my organization, the logistics and financial departments always play major roles not only in the planning phase, but also in the organizing phase. Cost-effective execution is always at the top of a manager's list in terms of business practices and event organization. My company just finished up our annual family day, an event that takes much preparation and organization to complete. We organized transportation to and from the venue; the meals were organized through a local catering company; and family games were also part of the organization process. For the event, our supervisor decided it was necessary to delegate sub-tasks to all of the employees, using us as her resources to accomplish the mission. In doing so, things went exactly according to plan because our manager assigned specific jobs
to specific people based on knowledge and experience.
This week's readings defines leading as stimulating people to be high performers by motivating and communicating with employees, individually and in groups (Bateman, & Snell, 2009) . The United States Army defines leadership as influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while accomplishing the mission and improving the organization. Leading and leadership can have many meanings depending on who is defining the word, just like managers have different styles...