Strategic Management: Formulation and Implementation

Introduction To Management


Organizations pervade every aspect of our lives. Organizations seem to be everywhere.

We are born in organizations, educated by organizations, and most of us spend much of our lives working for organizations. ... Most of us will die in an organization, and when the time comes for burial, the largest organization of all - the state - must grant official permission (Amitai Etzioni).

Organizations come in a variety of sizes and types - corporations, schools, governments, and so on, - and they serve a wide range functions. Related to this, all organizations try to reach their common goals. It would be impossible to image a modern society without organized effort or without people who oversee and synchronize that effort. The purpose of this thesis is to promote excellence of all persons in organizations, but especially managers.

This introductory chapter lays put the general dimensions of the manager's job. It introduces the role and the function of managers in the organization, identifies requisite management skills, and examines the historical development of management knowledge.