What Managers Do?

Managers get things done through other people. They make decisions,

allocate resources, and direct the activities of others to attain goals. Managers

do their work in an organization , which is a consciously coordinated social

unit, composed of two or more people, that functions on a relatively continuous

basis to achieve a common goal or set of goals. By this definition, manufacturing

and service firms are organizations, and so are schools, hospitals,

churches, military units, retail stores, police departments, and local, state,

and federal government agencies. The people who oversee the activities of

others and who are responsible for attaining goals in these organizations

are managers (sometimes called administrators, especially in not-for-profit



Sources: Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. (2013). Organizational behavior. Boston: Pearson.


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