Defining Management

The field of management deals with organizations. Our society could not exist or improve its present status without managers to guide it organizations. Thirty years ago, Peter Drucker, a noted management authority, proclaimed that effective management was becoming the main resource of developed nations, and that it was the most needed resource of developing nations.Drucker's comments are still valid and all countries need good managers.

This section offers an explanation of the general terms and principles of organization and management.

What Are Organizations?

There are many definitions of the term organization. In an early definition Chester Bernard labeled it "a system of consciously coordinated activities of two or more persons." Hari Das said, that "an organization is an abstract social entity." Social entity is "a structured group of two or more people brought together to achieve certain objectives". According to Howard E. Aldrich,

"An organization can be conceptualized as a collection of individuals deliberately structured within identifiable boundaries to achieve predetermined goals."

  • Organizations are social entities
  • All organizations have a structure
  • Organizations are designed to achieve specific goals
  • Organizations have identifiable boundaries
  • Organizations exist in a relatively permanent basis
  • All formal organizations use specific knowledge (or technology) to perform work-related activities.

These features are visible in most organizations. In general, formal organizations are the means by which we produce and supply a variety of goods and services. In this text, I also use the terms "enterprise," " corporation," "firm," and "company," synonymously, although I recognize that each has a particular legal connotation.

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