Mintzberg found that managers, regardless of the type of organization or level of management, act in specific ways when they interact with others to perform various management functions. So he described ten (10) managerial roles – which all managers take on to be more effective.
For each of the following Functions of Managers, mention ONE managerial role (sub-role) that the manager is assuming (2.5 marks each) to carry out the function effectively. Justify your answer with proper reasoning (2.5 marks each).
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Functions of Management Most Relevant
Managerial Role Reasoning
Organizing information to
develop new strategies
Meeting other department’s
manager to socialize
Bargaining with suppliers
for lower rates
Mgt503 VU Current Assignment No. 1 Spring 2012 Solution is as follows:-
3r disturbance handler
Organising information to develop new strategies: Entrepreneur.
Meeting Other department’s manager to socialise: Figurehead.
Controlling unexpected environmental conditions: disturbance handler.
Bargaining with suppliers for lower rates: Negotiator
Reasons can be found on page 2 of handout 3
Functions of Management
Most Relevant Managerial Role
|Organizing information to develop new strategies||Entrepreneur||Initiates improvement projects to bring changes and develops new programs.|
|Meeting other department’s manager to socialize||Leader||Responsible for the motivation and performance of subordinates’ activities.|
|Controlling unexpected environmental conditions||Monitor||Seeks and receives wide variety of internal and external information to develop through understanding of organization and environment.|
|Bargaining with suppliers for lower rates||Negotiator||Responsible for representing the organization at major negotiations.|