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    What are some examples of each of the basic functions of management: planning, organizing, directing or leading, and controlling?

    What are some examples of how technology has supported each of the functions of management: planning, organizing, directing or leading, and controlling?

    What is meant by the human factor, and why is this important in considering the impact of technology on the workplace

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    What are some examples of each of the basic functions of management: planning, organizing, directing or leading, and controlling?

    The first function of management, "planning involves developing a systematic process for attaining the goals of the organization... Leaders make change happen through planning instead of reacting to change" (EntEd 2007). Among the planning activities that managers do in the organizations are laying out the goals and objectives and creating the company's business plan which helps clarify the actions to be taken and ensure that everyone stays within the plan. The planning also involves the steps to be implemented. A manager should make sure the plan is working because it is "the core area of all the functions of management... the foundation upon which the other three areas should be built." (Rane 2007).

    Organizing is to determine the organizational structure and put resources in proper order so that they are ready to implement the steps outlined in the planning process. Management also establishes and maintains relationships with employees and all those concerned in the implementation of the plan as well as allocates the resources needed.

    Leading is another function of management. It is about influencing and overseeing how the staff in the organization behaves in achieving the goals. It is supporting and assisting them to achieve their own personal or career goals, as well. Effective managers lead their staff through motivation, good communication, team building dynamics, and leadership. When staff becomes motivated, their performance is high and it contributes much in the achievement of company's goals.

    Controlling involves establishing standards and evaluating actual job performance of staff to see if they conform to the standards based on the company's objectives. ...

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