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Please discuss the tools of control (e.g. Gantt Chart, flowchart, etc.) and evaluate the tools' strengths and weaknesses as it applies to their application within the health services organization. Is there one that stands out over the others? Is there one that is dependent on the situation?

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Tools of Control: Health service organizations

Controlling is a management function that involves monitoring actual performance, comparing actual practices to standard ones, and taking action if necessary (Robbins and Coulter, 2004). This definition indicates that the process of controlling involves basic steps that include: a) measuring actual performance, b) comparing actual performance with standard, and c) taking action if necessary.

Based on the definition, the main objective of controlling is to ensure that actual performance is within standards and that corrective actions are implemented at the right time, so as to adjust strategies if needed.

Tools of control

*Gantt chart
An online source defines the Gantt chart as a graphical representation of the duration of tasks against the progression of time. It is said to be a useful tool for planning and scheduling projects. Through the chart, one would know the elements of a project and the schedule, sequence, and duration of each element or task. The chart is therefore helpful when monitoring a project's progress. A Gantt chart is a type of bar chart that illustrates a project schedule. Gantt charts illustrate the start and finish dates of the terminal elements and summary elements of a project (http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newPPM_03.htm).

By looking into a Gantt chart, one could determine the length of time that a project should take and the order of tasks that must be carried out in order to complete the project on schedule.

The control aspect of a Gantt chart is that one could easily determine what ...

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The expert discusses the tools of control. The expert evaluates the tools strengths and weaknesses as it applies to their application within the health service organizations.