Ch 1: Introduction to Management: Help & Review

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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.

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  • Have fallen behind in understanding the roles of managers within an organization.
  • Need an efficient way to learn management basics.
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  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
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  • 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.

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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

Are all managers leaders? Are all leaders managers? This lesson presents arguments that place a manager and a leader into two separate categories, each with their own defining characteristics.

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

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

The role of a manager in organizations is complex. While managers can come in different shapes and sizes they all share the task of utilizing people and resources to achieve organizational goals. This lesson will discuss the roles and functions of management found in each of the three levels of management.

Authority in Centralized & Decentralized Organizations

3. Authority in Centralized & Decentralized Organizations

There are several approaches to authority. In this lesson, learn about the centralized organization, where authority is top-down through a chain of command. Contrast that with the decentralized organization, where authority is assigned at different levels in the hierarchy.

Supervisory Skills: Types and Importance

4. Supervisory Skills: Types and Importance

Supervising employees or tasks is not a simple matter. Supervisors need a certain set of skills in order to accomplish their jobs efficiently and effectively. In this lesson, you'll learn about some of these core skills. A short quiz follows.

Controlling as a Function of Management

5. Controlling as a Function of Management

In this lesson, we will explore the role of controlling as a function of management and its use of various control mechanisms to reach organizational goals.

Organizing as a Function of Management

6. Organizing as a Function of Management

Once a plan is in place, a manager must put it into action. This lesson explains the role of organizing as a function of management as well as its relationship with planning.

Planning as a Function of Management

7. Planning as a Function of Management

In this lesson, you will learn the role of planning as a function of management. Discover the advantages of and barriers to planning, and how it is used to achieve organizational goals.

Leading as a Function of Management

8. Leading as a Function of Management

This lesson teaches you about leading as a function of management by examining the surprising similarities between two very different leadership scenarios: leadership at war and leadership in the workplace.

Productivity, Quality, Profitability and the Role of Managers

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

Top-, mid- and low-level managers play a significant role in how productivity and quality affects profitability in an organization. Each level of management makes different decisions about productivity and quality that impact an organization's profitability.

Principles of Organizational Management

10. Principles of Organizational Management

Many businesses today are complex systems that require more than ad hoc design and management. In this lesson, you'll discover some of the important principles of organizational management necessary to build a successful organization.

Five Principles of Total Quality Management (TQM)

11. Five Principles of Total Quality Management (TQM)

Total quality management (TQM) is achieved and becomes part of the overall organizational culture when the five principles - produce quality work the first time, focus on the customer, have a strategic approach to improvement, improve continuously and encourage mutual respect and teamwork - are practiced by all employees.

What Is Management by Objective? - Defining the MBO Process

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

Management by objective (MBO) changed the way many companies worked and functioned. With MBO, employees' input was sought out and used to help develop the goals and objectives for the organization.

Governmental Regulation and Management

13. Governmental Regulation and Management

In the U.S., we have several different government agencies that help protect the rights and safety of our workers. This lesson explores and explains these agencies and how they relate to management.

Trends of Executive Compensation in the U.S.

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

Some believe executive compensation in the U.S. has gotten out of hand. In this lesson, we'll discuss how executives are compensated, how their compensation is determined and recent trends in executive compensation.

The Five Steps in the Decision-Making Process

15. The Five Steps in the Decision-Making Process

Being able to make good decisions is one factor that makes a good manager great. There are five steps you can take to make decisions and improve the quality of those decisions. This lesson will walk you through the steps.

What are the Different Levels of Communication?

16. What are the Different Levels of Communication?

How can you be sure that what you say is understood by those around you? In this lesson, learn how to use different levels of communication to increase understanding in everyday interactions. After the lesson, test your understanding with a quiz.

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

In this lesson, you'll learn what a corporate ladder is as well as what corporate structure is. Learn about the structure of a company and the different positions that exist for one who is climbing the corporate ladder.

What is a Business? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

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

This lesson provides a definition of a business and reviews the key characteristics needed to have a business. The conclusion of this lesson includes a variety of business examples.

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

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

Every country follows some kind of economic system. In this lesson, you will learn about a mixed economy. We will look at the characteristics of a mixed economy and explore a few examples.

What is Capitalism? - Definition & Examples

21. What is Capitalism? - Definition & Examples

This lesson explains what capitalism is and gives several examples to help illustrate how capitalism is executed in the business world. After completion of the lesson, take the quiz to gauge your learning.

What Is Profitability? - Definition & Analysis

22. What Is Profitability? - Definition & Analysis

Profitability determines whether a business stays in business. In this lesson, you'll learn about profitability and different ways to analyze it. A short quiz follows the lesson.

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

After reading this lesson, you'll learn how you can't have risk without vulnerability and threat. You'll also learn the formula that is used to assess risk.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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