ABSTRACT The following report provides an analysis of the four management functions including: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. For each function examples of success and/or failure are provided as follows: GE planning, Ford failures in organizing, Disney success in leadership, and Toyota success in controlling. Results of the current study indicate show that the planning function is fundamentally concerned about prioritizing potential courses of action and results. Organizing involves decision-making in relation to selected plans and available resources. The leadership function is all about providing positive influence for all employees and stakeholders involved in the business project or activity. Finally, the controlling...The end:
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