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Function of Management - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
The Function of Management chapter can provide you with an overview of a manager's responsibilities, whether they are to design and carry out a plan of action, motivate employees to make it work, or evaluate the plan's outcome to determine whether or not organizational goals have been met. The lessons also cover some of the tools and strategies managers use to carry out these functions. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Describe the four functions of management
- List problem-solving methods used by managers
- Outline managerial decision-making steps
|Four Functions of Management: Planning, Organizing, Leading & Controlling||Provides explanations and examples of how a manager uses these functions to help an organization meet its goals and briefly mentions a fifth function, staffing.|
|Seven Steps to Decision Making||Details steps in the decision-making process, including defining the problem and identifying limiting factors; defining, analyzing and implementing alternatives; and establishing an evaluation system to monitor the success of a decision.|
|Types of Problem Solving Methods in Management and Supervision||Describes the use of heuristics, algorithms, and the IDEAL strategy (Identify, Define, Explore, Anticipate, Look) to solve routine and non-routine problems as well as poorly- and well-defined problems.|
1. Four Functions of Management: Planning, Organizing, Leading & Controlling
A person who holds a management position inside an organization is required to think strategically and conceptually in order to achieve organizational goals. This lesson will describe the four functions of management and how they relate to organizational success.
2. The Seven Steps of Decision Making
Effective decision-making is an essential skill for every manager. In this lesson, you'll learn about a seven-step process for effective decision-making. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz after the lesson.
3. Types of Problem Solving Methods in Management and Supervision
A big part of management and supervision is solving problems. In this lesson, we'll take a look at a few problem-solving methods that can be used to solve typical problems facing managers and supervisors. A short quiz follows.
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