There are many factors that affect the success or failure of an organization. One is the strength of management within the organization. A manager that incorporates the primary functions of management is one who will be successful. Another factor is the company’s response to competition. With such strong competition in virtually every industry of business, a company must have a strategic plan that is carried out by organization leaders that demonstrate strong management. A manager that can incorporate Porter’s Five-Force Model is one that recognizes the threats to the company’s profitability and ultimate position in the industry. This paper will explore the
management functions of Kudler Fine foods using the Porter’s Five-Forces Model. This paper will also exam the use of technology and the internet and how it affects management.
Kudler Fine Foods is a gourmet foods shop founded by Kathy Kudler, a woman who was tired of having to travel all over town to get fresh ingredients for simple meals. She decided to open a one-stop shop where people could buy a wide variety of the freshest foods as well as the necessary tools to prepare the meals. Kudler Fine Foods is divided into the following departments: fresh bakery and pastries, fresh produce, fresh meat and seafood, condiments and packaged foods and cheeses and specialty dairy products. There are three locations in San Diego metropolitan area (Kudler Fine Foods, 2007).
There are four management functions: planning and strategizing, organizing, leading and controlling, and decision-making (Gomez-Mejia & Balkin, 2002) . Planning and strategizing work synonymously to help the different areas of an organization identify and set goals for the future of the organization with its strengths and weaknesses in mind. Upper management would probably share this function. Planning also allows the organization to develop strategies for achieving those goals based on the mission of the organization. In the Kudler Fine Foods...