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Ch 1: Introduction to Management: Help & Review

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Management chapter of this Business Management Help and Review course is the simplest way to master management basics. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of management.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help understanding material from Business Management will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding the roles of managers within an organization.
  • Need an efficient way to learn management basics.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra business learning resources at school.

How It Works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Introduction to Management chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Introduction to Management chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:

  • What's the difference between management and leadership?
  • What are the three main levels of management?
  • How is authority assigned in centralized and decentralized organizations?
  • What key skills do supervisors need to be successful?
  • What are the four functions of management?
  • How can managers improve an organization's productivity, quality and profitability?
  • What are the principles of organizational and total quality management?
  • What does the management by objective (MBO) process entail?
  • How do government regulations affect managers?
  • What are some recent trends in executive compensation?

24 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Management: Help & Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Management vs. Leadership: The Difference Between a Manager & Leader

1. Management vs. Leadership: The Difference Between a Manager & Leader

Managers and leaders are often taken as the same, but they are different and have their own defining characteristics. Explore the characteristics of each concept, how people become managers and leaders, and what skills each one of them uses.

Management in Organizations: Top, Middle & Low-Level Managers

2. Management in Organizations: Top, Middle & Low-Level Managers

The typical organization has three levels of managers, including top, middle, and lower, who work together to help an organization achieve its goals. Explore each of these levels of management and learn about the functions and roles performed by managers at each level.

Authority in Centralized & Decentralized Organizations

3. Authority in Centralized & Decentralized Organizations

Where some organizations share authority from the top-down, others divide authority among different levels of management. Compare the strengths and weaknesses between approach to authority in centralized and decentralized organizations.

Supervisory Skills: Types and Importance

4. Supervisory Skills: Types and Importance

Supervisory skills are the specific set of skills necessary for effective supervision of employees. Learn about the six types of essential skills for supervisors and the importance of supervisory skills in the workplace.

Controlling as a Function of Management

5. Controlling as a Function of Management

Controlling is an important management function that helps organizations achieve success. Learn about controlling, including the steps in the controlling process, and how to use the steps to help an organization achieve its collective goals.

Organizing as a Function of Management

6. Organizing as a Function of Management

Organizing is an management function that helps managers implement their plans. Learn about organizing, its importance in an organization, and its relationship to the planning management function.

Planning as a Function of Management

7. Planning as a Function of Management

Planning is one of the primary managerial functions and it leads to other managerial functions such as organizing, controlling, and staffing. Learn about planning as a managerial function, the benefits of planning, and the barriers that interfere with planning.

Leading as a Function of Management

8. Leading as a Function of Management

The most successful and influential managers are those who understand that leading is a function of management, and they have the ability to act as leaders. Explore leading as a function of management by comparing leadership in two vastly different situations: at war and in the workplace.

Productivity, Quality, Profitability and the Role of Managers

9. Productivity, Quality, Profitability and the Role of Managers

Managers play a significant role in how productivity and quality affect the profitability of an organization. Learn how to define the terms and discover how they impact each other as well as explore the different levels of management.

Principles of Organizational Management

10. Principles of Organizational Management

Organizational Management refers to structuring, and orchestrating resources to achieve a specific goal. Discover the important principles of structure, specialization & division of labor, authority & delegation, and policy & procedures in an organization's success.

Total Quality Management (TQM): Definition, Principles & Examples

11. Total Quality Management (TQM): Definition, Principles & Examples

Total quality management becomes part of an overall organizational culture when five principles are practiced by all employees. Explore the definition of total quality management, what its five principles are, and how it works interdepartmentally.

What Is Management by Objective? - Defining the MBO Process

12. What Is Management by Objective? - Defining the MBO Process

In 1954, Peter Drucker introduced the concept of Management By Objective (MBO), which showed a positive correlation between organizational success and employee involvement during the objective setting process. Learn about the importance of worker inclusion and how to define the MBO process.

Governmental Regulation and Management

13. Governmental Regulation and Management

An organization must comply with many governmental regulations in order to keep their business running. Discover the management policies in place by governmental agencies/regulations, including OSHA, NIOSH, NLRB, and FMLA.

Trends of Executive Compensation in the U.S.

14. Trends of Executive Compensation in the U.S.

Executive compensation has be steadily on the rise in the United States. Explore the types of executive compensation, how executive compensation is determined, and growing trends of executive compensation in the U.S.

The Five Steps in the Decision-Making Process

15. The Five Steps in the Decision-Making Process

The five steps in the decision-making process increase a business' likelihood of success and consistent results. Discover what these five steps are and the important things to remember about each step.

What are the Different Levels of Communication?

16. What are the Different Levels of Communication?

Communication has different levels that depend on context and the people involved in the conversation. Delve into why there are different communication theories and what intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication, group communication, and intercultural communication are.

Public Relations Plan: Example & Overview

17. Public Relations Plan: Example & Overview

Public relations plan is a strategy used to manage the publics perception of a person or organization. In this lesson, you'll learn what a public relations plan is. After, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

The Corporate Ladder: Definition, Structure & Positions

18. The Corporate Ladder: Definition, Structure & Positions

The corporate ladder refers to the stages one has to go through in order to reach the higher levels of a company. Explore the definition of the corporate ladder and the structure and common positions within companies.

What is a Business? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

19. What is a Business? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

There are different types of businesses, but one thing they all have in common is that they must provide consumers with services, products, or both. Learn the definition and characteristics of a business, and explore some real-life examples of businesses.

What is a Mixed Economy? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

20. What is a Mixed Economy? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

A mixed economy is a when a country's economic system is a mixture of a market economy and a planned economy. This lesson explores this concept, discusses the characteristics of a mixed economy, and provides examples.

What is Capitalism? - Definition & Examples

21. What is Capitalism? - Definition & Examples

In a capitalist economy, a country's industry and trade are privately owned and controlled for profit. Learn more about the definition of capitalism, understand how capitalism relates to taxation, and see some examples of capitalism in action.

What Is Profitability? - Definition & Analysis

22. What Is Profitability? - Definition & Analysis

When a business can earn a profit, it has profitability. In this lesson, explore profitability, profitability margins, how to measure the cost of production and profitability of a business, and distinguish between return on assets and equity.

Proxy Voting: Definition & Guidelines

23. Proxy Voting: Definition & Guidelines

Just a voter can cast an absentee ballot in an election, a shareholder can vote on company decisions even if they cannot be present during the decision-making process. This lesson will define proxy voting and provide guidelines for its use.

Threat, Vulnerability & Risk: Difference & Examples

24. Threat, Vulnerability & Risk: Difference & Examples

In business, it's important to know the differences between threats, vulnerabilities, and risks. Explore these concepts and understand how they are connected with an example.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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