What is Management? All About Management and Managing

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    What is Management? All About Management and Managing

    © Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting,
    Adapted from the Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision in Business
    and Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision for Nonprofit Staff.

    Traditionally, the term “management” refers to the
    activities (and often the group of people) involved in the four
    general functions: planning, organizing, leading and coordinating
    of resources. Note that the four functions recur throughout the
    organization and are highly integrated. Emerging trends in management
    include assertions that leading is different than managing, and
    that the nature of how the four functions is carried out must
    change to accommodate a “new paradigm” in management.
    This topic in the library helps the reader to accomplish a broad
    understanding of management (including traditional and emerging
    views), and the areas of knowledge and skills required to carry
    out the major functions of management.

    The following topics are very closely related to this topic
    in the Library: Management Development, Supervision and Leadership.

    Sections of This Topic Include

    Suggested Previous Reading

    to Organizations (at least the information under the title “Basics”)

    Gaining Broad Understanding of Organizational Management

    — Definitions (and Misconceptions) in Management (also includes
    4 major functions)

    Leading Different than Managing? (pros and cons of this debate)

    Historical and Contemporary Theories in Management
    Theories in Management

    Styles of Management

    Paradigm in Management

    Managing Yourself


    Basic, Entry-Level Skills

    Entry-Level Skills in Organizational Management

    Guide to Management and Supervision

    Major Functions of Management (and areas of knowledge and
    skills in each)

    Function — Planning

    Function — Organizing

    Function — Leading

    Function — Coordinating/Controlling

    Nonprofit-Specific Areas of Knowledge and Skills

    Areas of Skills and Practices

    General Advice (Tips, etc.)

    Suggestions for Knowledge and Skills Needed by Management

    Basic Guide to Management and Supervision

    Guide to Management and Supervision

    General Resources

    Glossary of Business Terms A-Z
    Three Management Approaches
    Management – a General Theory
    Managing Is Hard Work: Avoid These Four Mistakes
    Effective Management: Should You Break the Rules?
    Stop Micro Managing: Start Smart Managing

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