Porter’s Five Functions of Management: Directing and Controlling


In this lesson, the teacher will address the Directing and Controlling functions listed in the “Five Functions of Management” as they are applied in the business context at the local level. Students will first read the Knowledge@Wharton article: “Is This Madness? How Losing by Just a Little Can Help a Team – or Company – Win.” Then they will play a competitive game and analyze how motivational strategies can translate into small business directing. The directing and controlling functions are the fourth and fifth functions of the “Five Functions of Management” (see definition from standards below).

NBEA Standard(s):
  • Management, I. Management Functions

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