Do you have a flair for planning, organising and teamwork? Are you an effective communicator who is able to motivate others? Do you see yourself leading a Fortune 500 company or as South Africa’s next famous entrepreneur? If so, studying management may be ideal for you.
A top manager's skillset is broad, and includes creating and crafting an organisation’s policies, controlling, strategising, planning, leading and supervising, coordinating and monitoring. The important and complex areas of project management and strategic management also fall within this discipline, as do the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and new venture creation.
Management is the study and science of how organisations are run and administrated, be they businesses, government bodies or non-profit organisations. The nature of management is best illustrated in topics you will study, such as: leadership and the role of managers; managing individuals, groups and teams; and organisational development and behaviour, project and innovation management.
As a leadership role, all the functions of a manager are directed towards the successful delivery of an organisation’s purposes, aims and ambitions, whether the end results are products, services or both. Management involves both leadership and control. Senior managers’ responsibilities are to ensure that all departments and sections of the organisation work optimally, and in harmony.
The broad field of management opens up a variety of career options for graduates. Those specialising in management can go on to be operations manager, training manager, project manager, marketing manager, compliance manager, strategic planning director, and later general manager, managing director, chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO), or business advisors and consultants.