Management Essay

9764 Words Jun 9th, 2011 40 Pages
CHAPTER 1

Understanding the Manager’s Job

CHAPTER 1 QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

1. What are the four basic functions that make up the management process? How are they related to one another?
The four basic functions of the management process are planning and decision making, organizing, leading and controlling. Managers utilize all of these processes to achieve the goals of their organization.

2. What are the four basic activities that make up the management process? How are they related to one another?
The basic activities that make up the management process include setting goals and determining how to best achieve these goals. Once a manager has set these goals they must determine the necessary resources to carry them
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5. Describe the systems perspective. Why is a business organization considered an open system?
The systems perspective means a company can have many different subsystems operating either together as a whole or some systems can operate alone.
Business organizations are considered an open system because of the relationship it has with its environment whether it be with employees, outside investors, customers or business associates.

CHAPTER 1 CLOSING CASE

JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH
Case Questions:

1. What management skills did Jack demonstrate as a marketing manager at the travel products company? What management skills did he demonstrate as a VP at the consumer products firm?
It is my opinion that Jack, in his marketing manager position, demonstrated the planning and decision making skills as well as the organization function. He set certain goals and decided how to best obtain them. He then ciphered through research data to determine the best course of action. His actions paid off for him when his product surpassed all others. He also demonstrated the same management skills as the vice president of the consumer products firm.

2. Should Jack have taken the special assignment offered him by the consumer products firm? What kinds of skills was the president of overseas operations thinking about when he offered the assignment to Jack?
Again in my opinion Jack should have taken the special assignment at the consumer products firm. He

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