Control Mechanisms

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Control mechanisms in the workplace will assist in the planning development for customer satisfaction and measurable milestones for improvement. Every business needs to develop and use some kind of control mechanism to operate effectively and efficiently. This paper will explore four different types of control mechanisms used by various departments at two corporations - Dixon Sanitary and WE Energies. In doing so, the authors will identify, compare, and contrast these mechanisms and determine whether these mechanisms are effective by examining the positive and negative reactions to these control mechanisms, and explain how these control mechanisms influenced the four functions of management.

Control mechanisms are used by organizations to help regulate processes which add to company-wide goals. Wal-Mart is a huge industry functioning to meet the needs of its customers, employees and suppliers by using controls; controls consist of market control, clan control, manager audits, and performance standards. Each control is important to prosper efficiently in the business world; in addition, increasing customer, employee and supplier assurance.

The efficiency of each control impacts the four functions of management; organizing, planning, controlling and leading. What are the positive and negative aspects of each control? Wal-Mart's success is motivated by control mechanisms that are regulated and constantly evaluated.

Market-Control is the ability of buyers and sellers to exert influence over a market for goods or services, according to Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.

To maintain an aggressive edge and to maintain their employees, Wal-Mart provides a competitive pay package to their employees and distributes their salaries annually. Wal-Mart's compensation package is not only as a reward for their associates hard work but Wal-Mart uses their compensation package as a powerful tool for recruiting and retaining their workforce. In addition to a regular wage, each associate is eligible...