Function of Management
Whatever capacity a manager serves in, whether it be an executive or top-level manager, a mid-level manager, or a frontline manager they all serve a purpose, they all have functions. Bateman and Snell identified four primary functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Each of these functions in the right environment could potentially warrant a full-time position, but a successful manager will implement all four in unison orchestrating a well-balanced application of management theory. “As a manager, your typical day will not be neatly divided into the four functions. You will be doing many things more or less simultaneously” (Bateman, T. & Snell, S., 2009, p. 22, ¶3). Although individual companies have unique management demands, all management should apply the four functions in some capacity. “Good managers don’t neglect any of the four management functions” (Bateman, T. & Snell, S., 2009, p. 22, ¶3).
If an individual were unaware of the four functions of management it would obviously be impossible for that person to implement them properly or consciously. The business world is no place for ignorance; a lack of knowledge or technique will ultimately weaken a business or staff and can have devastating effects. The planning function of management involves identifying goals and developing a course of action in which to achieve those goals (Bateman, T. & Snell, S., 2009). It is defined as “the management function of systematically making decisions about the goals and activities that an individual, a group, a work unit, or the overall organization will pursue” (Bateman, T. & Snell, S., 2009, p. 19, ¶4). Without goals or a plan an organization has no direction, a condition that can cause disarray among the company and confusion among the employees.
The organizing function of management naturally falls next in line after planning. “Organizing is assembling and coordinating the human, financial,...