Functions of Management Essay

1154 Words Jun 8th, 2012 5 Pages
Functions of Management
Ben Enuma
September 5, 2011
Brenda Shore

Management Functions

Management has been described as “the process of working with people and resources to accomplish organizational goals”. (Bateman, T. S., & Snell, S. A., 2009). The functions of management comprise of four primary functions, namely; planning, organizing, leading and controlling. For the success of an organization these functions must be performed both effectively and efficiently. All over the world these functions are common across all fields of management, be it at a factory, a super market, a restaurant or even at home. In my place of work for instance, these functions are referred to as the management process and they are
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Examples of planning include sales planning, project planning, and succession planning.

In my current position as a frontline manager, I am not directly involved in the planning process usually performed by top executives. However, I do apply this function in my everyday activities in achieving my deliverables. For instance, in order to achieve the objectives for the week, I specify the deliverables to focus on and prioritize the actions or activities to achieve these. So at the start of every week, I choose what actions I must focus on in delivering the objectives for the week.

Organizing Organizing is the part of management function that involves developing and organizational structure and assembling and coordinating all the resources needed to achieve organizational goals. These resources include humans, finance, information, and physical assets. Because organizing activities involves attracting people to the organization, specifying job responsibilities, grouping jobs into work units, and allocating resources, this function is usually performed by all levels of management. For instance, while top executive allocates certain resources, middle and frontline managers also do this, depending on the type and usage of these resources. In my organization, top executives have

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