Functions of Management

Essay by xorcist316University, Bachelor'sA, July 2009

download word file, 4 pages 5.0

Every organization, have their own unique style, each developing and implementing its own management concepts in order for the organization to run smoothly and accomplish its vision, goals, and objectives. The four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling allow organizations strategic, tactical, and operational decisions of an organization.

Planning is extremely important and is the foundation area of management. Planning requires management to evaluate where the company is currently, and where it would like to be in the future. According to Luft (2001) “Planning could include setting organizational goals. This is usually done by higher-level managers in an organization. As a part of the planning process, the manager then develops strategies for achieving the goals of the organization. In order to implement the strategies, resources will be needed and must be acquired. The planners must also then determine the standards, or levels of quality, that need to be met in completing the tasks” (p.553).

From there an appropriate course of action to attain the company's goals and objectives is determined and implemented. Within my district, planning was not a big factor as one would think it would be. During my one and a half year experience with the company I have noticed with the current downsizing too cut costs, and the transitioning going on with the company I can clearly see planning is going to be a big part within our organization. Our organization is starting to create and wanting to achieve certain goals, the new management that has taken over feels that in order to achieve these goals we will definitely have to plan for the worst and hope for the best.

Getting organized is the second function of management. Management must organize all its resources in order to implement the course of action it determined in...