THE DEFINITIONS BY SOME OF THE LEADING MANAGEMENT THINKERS AND PRACTITIONERS OF DEFFERENT TIME PERIODS ARE GIVEN BELOW:
This definition described the functions of management for acheiving the desired results,not what management is. It is a functional or process-oriented definition.
3/ Mary Parker Follet: "Management is the art of getting things done through other people."
Under this definition of management performance of work is given top preference. This is possible only when the manager develops a sense of resposibility for accomplishing results in the entire organization.This is a goal or result oriented definition.
4/ Appley Lawrence: " Management is the development of people and not the direction of things."
According to Appley L. management is essentially personal management. Human resources are our greatest assets. They have unlimited potential.Hence, it is but natural that management must give special attention to the development of human resources.
5/ James Lundy: "Management is principally a task of planning, Co-ordinating, motivating and objective."
This definition covers three major functions of management viz. planning,implementing and controlling." It points out management is what management does, It is a process-oriented definition.
6/ R.C. Davis: "Management is the function of executive leadership anywhere."
this is a functional approach and it emphasises on the manager's responsibility of directing and activities of others.