Fayol’s five functions of management

Henri Fayol was a French mining engineer and management theorist who developed a model of management that has become known as Fayol’s five functions of management. These functions describe the key roles and responsibilities of managers in an organization. Fayol’s model was developed in the early 20th century and has had a significant influence on management theory and practice.

Fayol’s five functions of management are:

  1. Planning: This involves setting goals and objectives, determining the resources needed to achieve those goals, and creating a plan to achieve them.
  2. Organizing: This involves creating a structure and allocating resources within the organization to achieve the goals set in the planning process.
  3. Commanding: This involves communicating and directing employees to carry out the tasks and activities required to achieve the goals.
  4. Coordinating: This involves ensuring that different departments and teams within the organization are working together effectively to achieve the goals.
  5. Controlling: This involves monitoring progress towards the goals and taking corrective action when necessary to ensure that the goals are being met.

Fayol’s model is still widely taught and referenced in management education and practice today. It is considered a foundational model in the study of management and has influenced the development of other management theories and models.

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