Management

A wide range of definitions and conceptualizations of “management” have been offered and it is often difficult for managers to fully and clearly understand their roles within the organization; however, managers striving for effectiveness and success would do well to invest time and effort into understanding the functions, roles and skills associated with the managerial position. As with definitions of management, researchers and commentators have developed a variety of lists of managerial functions.  The consensus seems to be that managers can expect to be involved in planning, organizing, leading and controlling, and that these functions will be needed when working with a range of organizational resources including people, cash, physical assets and information.  While the specific day-to-day activities of managers will vary depending on his or her place in the organizational hierarchy, he or she must nonetheless have the ability to understand the behaviors and feelings of the people who report to them, senior officials above them in the organizational hierarchy, other colleagues throughout the organization, and external stakeholders such as customers, supplier and regulators.  In addition, managers must be able to maintain self-awareness and monitor their personal capacities for dealing with the stress of their jobs and engaging in activities that will further their career development.  In order to be adroit practitioners of their craft, managers must understand certain basic concepts such as the functions, roles and skills associated with the managerial position; the different levels of managerial effectiveness and how they are measured; and the styles available to managers and the factors that determine which style might be preferred in a particular instance.

The Sustainable Entrepreneur’s Library of Resources for Management consists of two Parts.  Part I provides a brief description of the history and evolution of “management studies”, a daunting topic given that it is generally recognized that economic and military activities have been raising issues of planning, directing and control for thousands of years.  Part I also includes a review of comparative management studies, which is the study of how management styles and practices differ from country-to-country and the reasons for those differences. Clearly societal culture influences preferences regarding management styles and practices and it is possible to identify the parameters of national business cultures that are impacted by major social institutions; history, including colonial occupation; religion; the availability of capital; the availability of natural resources; human capital; technology; demographic factors; and communications with other societies.  The Part includes materials on the search for, and analysis of, dimensions of management styles that can be used as a basis for creating models that can be used for comparison purposes. Part II focuses on practicing management and discusses the roles and activities expected from an effective manager; specific skills which can be learned and perfected by persons that aspire to management positions; styles of management; management systems; ethical management; and project and team management.

PROJECT PUBLICATIONS

Management Studies: A Guide for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Practicing Management: A Guide for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Project Articles on Management

MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Checklists and Questionnaires

Checklist of QMS Requirements

Environmental Self-Audit for Small Businesses

ISO 14001 EMS Checklist for Small Businesses

ISO 14001 EMS Self-Assessment Checklist

Forms

FME Management Templates and Checklists

Training Materials

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Managerial Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustainability Handbook

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Books

AMA Business Boot Camp

Exploring Business

Principles of Management

Sustainable Management Handbook

Sustainable Business Practice

Chapters or Articles in Books

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Cross-Cultural Leadership, Motivation and Decision Making

Managerial Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Understanding the Role of Culture

Articles in Journals

Linking the Balanced Scorecard to Strategy

Why Do Management Practices Differ

Theses and Dissertations

Cross-Cultural Management in Switzerland

Measuring Organizational Performance

Papers

Asian and Western Management Styles

Impact of Culture on Management and Development

Government and Other Public Domain Publications

ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems

Online Articles

Balanced Scorecard and Corporate Social Responsibility