Coordination as a Function of Management

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  • 0:57 Management Functions
  • 2:08 Coordinating Within Management
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Instructor: Jason Matyus
The coordinating function of management brings together all the other aspects of a manager's job, since the manager must bring together individuals, groups, and ideas in pursuit of a common goal.


Your family is having a large family reunion with over one hundred family members attending. To capture the moment, several family members decide that a group picture should be taken. The decision to take a picture is the easy part. Coordinating where people stand in the picture, how they're organized, and getting everyone to cooperate is the hard part.

This organizational skill is what managers encounter in large organizations every day. The challenge is getting individuals in the right place at the right time so they can do the job. When dealing with an organization or business, there is a certain amount of coordination needed to achieve goals. An organization is made up of individuals striving for a particular goal. To reach their goals, strategies need to be formed. Coordination is required to develop the strategies and to ensure that they're communicated, helping everyone work together for the benefit of the organization.

Management Functions

Some of main the functions of management are:

Planning, which is the process of leadership, assigning work without employees feeling controlled. It's the first stage in the process and sets the course the project will take to obtain the goal.

Organizing, which is the collection and analysis of data that is used to help make decisions. Additionally, the bringing together of resources such as financial, human, or physical resources are part of the organizing function.

Directing, which is a strategy used by leadership to captivate followers and motivate them to achieve the organizational goals. This strategy is the action attributed to the goals.

Controlling, which is the process of measuring progress against established standards. Controlling allows for corrective action to ensure the project aligns with the goals.

Staffing, which is the process of getting the right people in the right place at the right time, and working to keep them there.

A key to coordinating within different layers of management is communication. Managers also have to find a way to put order to the functions. Sometimes how a manager executes functions varies depending on the leadership style.

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