Management Roles in Business Organization


            In any kind of business, despite how small or big it is, there has to be a leader or leaders who guide the company in the right direction of increasing productivity, which in turn leads to high profits. These leaders of the business are known as the managers or the management of the organization. The management usually has four major basic functions in an organization, which is, planning, organizing, directing and controlling. These roles were first developed in 1903 by Fredrick Taylor as he saw the need of management of the employees so that they can be utilized maximally (Taylor, 2011). It is worth noting that the management usually works on behalf or represent the owners of the business in a company. Hence, the owners have bequeathed most of their powers to the management so that they can be able to manage their business efficiently. Due to the powers that the management has been accorded with by the owners, they tend to behave unethically and misuse the resources of the organization, thus bringing down the company.


The management is given powers by the owners so that they can help in managing the business. In this case, the owners trust the management to perform the predetermined managerial roles. One of the managerial roles is planning. Planning can be described as the art of creating strategies that will help the business at a future date (Matt, 2009). In this role, the management of the business usually develops different strategies that help the companies in increasing their productivity, which consequently leads to the increase in profits. Additionally, in planning, the management analyzes the business opportunities that will be their in the future that will lead in the growth of the business. It is this planning that the management uses so that they can make sure that the company is following a good course and if not followed they are doomed to fail. Therefore, the management has to make good plans that will keep the company growing.

Another managerial role is organizing. This role can be described as the process where by different managers in an organization creates timetables and structures of the organization. This is where the different managers define each role of the different employee in the organization. By using the different plans that the management have created, they are able to organize the different employees in an organization so that the set targets that have been planned for are met. They management do this by ensuring that the employees of he company have met their said targets of the company. This is where different strategies are drawn in order to the management can be able to motivate the different employees so that they can work to meet the different targets (Mylonas 76). In addition to this, the management also organizes the different resources that are there in the organization.

Directing is another role that the management usually plays in order for them to manage the company efficiently. In this role, the management is usually the leaders while the employees are the followers of the management. Since they have already planned for what they are supposed to do and they have organized both the employees and the company resources, the management of the company can now lead the team into performing in their different roles (Willmott 533). Moreover, the management of the company creates different sub-leaders who form teams in the organization. By doing this, the management of the company usually has shown that they can motivate their employees by giving them leadership skills in the different teams. This is one form of leadership that the management portrays as a way of directing.

Lastly, controlling is the final basic role that the management of the company does in the process of managing their company. In this role, the management of the company performs several duties that include checking whether the employees of the company are performing to the said standards. This is where the different strategies that were formulated in relation to the different timetables and the duties of every employee, the management ensures that they are followed (Sekhar 205). Due to these different roles, the owners of the company have trusted the management of the company to manage the business as if it was their own. However, because of the powers that the management is offered with, they tend to abuse it and they eventually behave unethically making the company to fail. They abuse the office in very many ways causing the company to go down.

Corruption is one of the ways that the management of the company abuses powers that they have bequeathed by the owners of the business. In this form of abuse of power, the management of the company uses several forms in form of corruption. One of the ways in which the management uses to be corrupt is through the different suppliers of the company. Since the management of the company is there for their own benefits, they can choose the suppliers of the company based on the money that the different suppliers have offered them despite the quality of the products that they are offering them. This means that the supplier who is going to offer the management with the best lucrative amount of pay so that they can be supplying them with goods is will win the contract for the supply of goods. For example, the BAE Systems Company that has been involved in corruption case against exporting their suppliers other countries (Kirchgaessner and Odell, 2011). When the management has done this, they might end having the company be supplied with low quality goods, which will lead to the company producing low quality goods. Therefore, because of this the company will slowly fall down due to the management corruption activities with the different suppliers.

Another form of corruption involves the management of the company takes a bribe so that they can employ an employee without merit. For instance, the management of the company might advertise a post in the newspaper or in the website about a job opportunity in their company. After doing so, they might be approached by different employees who want the job. These employees might offer the management who are conducting the interviews, with money or they approach the top management with money so that they can influence their employment. When this is done, the management of the company might end up making a lot of money for their own gain but in the expense of the company. This is because they might employ an employee who is not qualified and does not contain the necessary qualities required thus leading to the falling down of the company.

The management of the company might form some backdoor or backroom negotiations with the different company’s customers for their own gain. This is where they make their own business when they are still working in the company thus stealing the company’s clients. For instance, a manager working in accounting firm might be a star in the work that he or she does. When doing this, he or she gains the customer loyalty thus leading the manager to perform back door deals with the clients without the knowledge of the owners of the business. The amount paid by the client usually ends up being paid to the manager and not the company and yet the customers were initially the company’s clients. Therefore, the manager can be said to have performed corruption through stealing from the company. When this is done, the company starts loosing customers to the management (Petrick and Quinn 25). Therefore, when the company is about to fall, the management of the company opens their own company with the clients that they have been stealing.

Harassment is another way that the management of the company abuses the powers that they have been given by the owners of the business. In this form of abuse, there are several ways that the management of the company uses to coerce the different people involved. One of the ways the management uses to abuse the powers that have been given is the use of the sexual harassment. This is where the management of the company may want sexual favors form the different company employees so that they should be favored in the company. Those who refuse the demands of the management, end up being fired or overworked by the management of the company. In addition, the management might use other their powers to harass other people sexually even if they are not involved in the company (Petrick and Quinn 156). For example, the IMF boss, Strauss-Kahn, had a sexual harassment case where he allegedly raped a woman. Even though the woman might not be related to IMF, the manger purportedly used his powers to rape the woman instead of using that time to in the planning of IMF. This has caused the IMF a lot of time that will be required to replace him.

Another form of harassment that the management of the company usually does is blackmail. This is where they blackmail the different employs so that they can do something for them and if they do not, they will suffer the consequences of being sacked. It might be not easy to believe but they usually wait for an employ to make a mistake so that they can have the advantage over the employee. In this way, they are able to coerce the employee into performing some duties that are not work related. When they do this, the time that the employee would have spent working on the company is wasted leading to the company losing a lot or profits. For example, an employee might be found by the manager to have been smuggling goods out of the company by a manager. Instead of the manager taking the necessary action of firing the employee, the manger starts taking advantage of the employee to perform duties that are not work related. Moreover, the manager might join forces with the employee and continue to smuggle the goods together. They manager might benefit but at the expense of the company.


In conclusion, the main argument was that whether the management should be left to manage the company on behalf of the owners of the business or not. Based on the available information the management of the company should be left to manage the company because they play a very vital role in the business. The basic roles that the management plays including planning, organizing, directing and coordinating cannot be done by the owners of the business since they might not have the required knowledge. The owners might have the resources but they might lack the knowledge of managing the company. Additionally, they might be too many to manage the company therefore; they should let a qualified and a competent team to manage the company for them.

On the other hand, the management of the team should be left alone to manage the business of the company independently. This is because of the different cases that have increasingly led to grow of corruption and harassment cases in the company. When a company is falling, the management is usually involved either through harassment or through corruption. That is why the different roles that the management of the company that it usually plays have to be evaluated and checked. This will be done by letting the owners of the business chose a representative who will be supervising the business of the mangers so that they do not deviate on the different goals of the company. When such an evaluation has been done, the employees should also be educated about their rights so that the management might not take advantage of them. Therefore, the management of the company should be left to manage the company but under strict supervision by the owners so that they are ethical in the performance of the business activities of the company.


Works Cited

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