The Four Functions of Management

Functions of Management 1

The Four Functions of Management


September 27, 2010

Carol Connell

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 achieved and deciding in advance the appropriate actions needed to achieve those goals (Bateman, & Snell, 2009) . In this phase, managers devise an outline in which individuals, groups teams, or in high level management, the entire organization are to adhere to in order for goals or target to be reached.   To me planning is, without a doubt, the most important function of management because it sort of sets a standard for employees to follow.   Having a plan not only keeps employees informed of upcoming events, but it also defines an employee's and even a manager's position within the task at hand.
When management plans, they are thinking of cost-effective, time-effective, and resource-effective ways to help the company grow both monetarily and in size.   There are many aspects to the planning process that managers should consider when brainstorming such as analyzing current situations, the best uses for on-hand resources, anticipating what the future holds, and determining company goals to name a few (Bateman, & Snell, 2009) .
At the company in which I work, there seems to be non-stop planning.   My organization has a short-term calendar as well as a long-term calendar that we use to track planned events for the future.   We are now in the process of planning a customer service...