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Assignment 1 Man11 Mark Coughlan 19594135 The mangers most basic responsibility is to focus people toward performance of work activities to achieve desired outcomes A manager is someone who works with and through other people by co-ordinating their work activities to accomplish organisational goals Robbins Stagg Coulter 2003 p10 This definition states the fundamental responsibility of a manager is to accomplish the organisations objectives by getting things done through people There are however several ways of conceiving managerial responsibilities as a manager can be viewed from many different positions Kontz 1999179 argue that management is the process of setting and achieving goals through the execution of four basic management functions that utilize an organisations resources These functions are planning organizing directing and controlling Goshal and Bartel 199589 however argues that the responsibility of manager cannot be clearly defined as planning organizing controlling etc and are better described by looking at the managers responsibility in their working environment According to Goshal and Bartel 1999183 the responsibility of managers varies according to their level of status within the organisation and the skills required in performing managerial duties change accordingly I will discuss that managerial work can be classified into both organizational levels basic skills and the four management functions that lead to the fundamental responsibility of a manager - to effectively accomplish organisational goals by focusing people toward performance of work activities cofa far sefafaw orfa Wood 1998402 argue that the most important asset in effectively achieving desired oraganisational outcomes is people It is argued that people are flexible versatile intelligent durable and appreciate in value to the organisation through learning experiences According to Wood 1998 397 the best way people can be used in an organisation is through the decision making process directly related to management functions - planning organising directing and controlling It is a managers resposibility to understand the significant effect each sub-ordinates commitment has to these functions
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