Running head: FUNCTIONS OF MANAGEMENT PAPER

Running head: FUNCTIONS OF MANAGEMENT PAPER

Functions of Management
University of Phoenix
MGT/330
Management: Theory, Practice, and Application
EOICS01
Michael Geraghty
September 23, 2004

Workshop #2
Functions of Management
This paper will make clear the four functions of management in a perfect organizational situation. It is unrealistic to encounter, but easy to image the perfect company. Thus, for discussion purposes, and class project, JVS and Sons will be the perfect company to apply the four functions of management.
An organization which can achieve specific goals and provide excellent customer service is true to its mission statement. Developing a good reputation with customers, employees, and the community takes planning. JVS has established such a relationship with its community e.g. home association, financial institutions, suppliers, and its employees. It has benefited the company having these entities as business associates.
The planning of obtaining new projects (work) relies on the estimator. The perfect scenario after the new project that is awarded to JVS is: The contract is executed and the necessary documentation is forwarded to construction Management Companies or project owners. These documents include notice to owner(s), and commencement of work order. The importance of these documents, which are also documented and recorded in the county with jurisdiction, is payment obligation. The planning of establishing a mission statement with objectives, and subliminal ideas of creating business contacts to facilitate in expediting information, such as, permits, contracts, payments, and bank deposits are all considered vital to the existence of an organization. The message here should not be misconstrued, to facilitate, and expedite is to learn where, and when to move paper, and not encounter the dead end paper shuffle.
Organizing is a functional task preformed to focus on control of information, and coordination of services that the organization provides. The perfect scenario for JVS is to obtain a work order, and submit a Request For Information (RFI) to the general contractor. Obtain the color(s) in the RFI reply with a commencement date. Organize the purchase of the paint with necessary supplies, the shipment of these items to the job site, rental of aerial equipment, and informing the supervisor of the start date with hour allowance to complete the task. Complete task, and submit customer survey package.
Directing and Leading flawlessly involves employees decoding correctly, the instructions given to them from the project manager. Project managers and supervisors who treat employees with respect and integrity will find leading, a good experience. The expected outcome is achieving projected targets, finish jobs on time, usage of estimated material, and labor correctly.
Progress is necessary for an organization to survive, and the measurement of progress is equally important. Applying controls on the progress of an organization can consist of, controlling purchases (buying to much or wrong materials), controlling overtime, taking on to much work ( being sufficiently obligated ) can cause losing profit, and costing financial hardships. Having accomplished the perfect control, JVS would find its performance measured by its peers as a company that completes its job on time, and without any problems.
Thus, in conclusion, JVS and Sons can achieve perfection in a contractual scenario when it has planned (planning stage) the acquisition of an estimated painting job, and has developed business (repeat business) by meeting its objectives with specific goals. The company enhances its chances for repeat business when its organizational skills are perfect. Such as,(organizing) purchasing of correct materials and amount, completing jobs on (or before) time, billing procedure is flawless, and payment is prompt. Perfect prompt payment would be the next day, after job is completed. Instead of the 30 day wait period, a subcontractor’s nightmare. Speaking of nightmares, leading and directing a misfit bunch can certainly cause that effect. However, in the perfect company, the employees are elated to work for the project manager that shows understanding and excellent leadership skills.
Finally, demonstrating the perfect controlling skills in monitoring the performance of a service providing company is a sign of good management. When management understands cash flow, return of investments, and other performance tools to gage the companies’ financial position, and continues to serves its community and employees while turning a profit. Now, that would be perfect.
Reference
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http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/, on September 15, 2004
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