The nature of the management task and the problems of achieving it

  • Trevor Owen
Part of the International series on the quality of working life book series (IQWL, volume 7)


Industry is a tool which society uses to create wealth and it is the management team on which society has traditionally relied to operate that tool. The nature of that task, in the changed society in which we live today, should by now be becoming relatively plain. Stripped down to its basic structure it consists of four essential parts:
  1. 1.

    The provision of technical skills as a service to the group to enable the group to perform its task.

  2. 2.

    The provision of a link to the environment which surrounds the group (both within and on occasions outside the enterprise) to enable the group to assess and to deal with the pressures in that environment which affect its work.

  3. 3.

    The creation of the greatest possible area of common purpose between the group and inter-related parts of the organisation.

  4. 4.

    The ultimate responsibility for conflict resolution in situations in which a common purpose and shared objectives is essential and can not be achieved by other means.



Management Task Industrial Enterprise Common Purpose Shared Objective Political Skill 
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