Management and Administration

According to Theo Haimann, “Administration means overall determination of policies, setting of major objectives, the identification of general purposes and laying down of broad programmes and projects”. It refers to the activities of higher level. It lays down basic principles of the enterprise. According to Newman, “Administration means guidance, leadership & control of the efforts of the groups towards some common goals”.

Whereas, management involves conceiving, initiating and bringing together the various elements; coordinating, actuating, integrating the diverse organizational components while sustaining the viability of the organization towards some pre-determined goals. In other words, it is an art of getting things done through & with the people in formally organized groups.

The difference between Management and Administration can be summarized under 2 categories: -

  1. Functions
  2. Usage / Applicability

On the Basis of Functions: -

Basis Management Administration
Meaning Management is an art of getting things done through others by directing their efforts towards achievement of pre-determined goals. It is concerned with formulation of broad objectives, plans & policies.
Nature Management is an executing function. Administration is a decision-making function.
Process Management decides who should as it & how should he dot it. Administration decides what is to be done & when it is to be done.
Function Management is a doing function because managers get work done under their supervision. Administration is a thinking function because plans & policies are determined under it.
Skills Technical and Human skills Conceptual and Human skills
Level Middle & lower level function Top level function

On the Basis of Usage: -

Basis Management Administration
Applicability It is applicable to business concerns i.e. profit-making organization. It is applicable to non-business concerns i.e. clubs, schools, hospitals etc.
Influence The management decisions are influenced by the values, opinions, beliefs & decisions of the managers. The administration is influenced by public opinion, govt. policies, religious organizations, customs etc.
Status Management constitutes the employees of the organization who are paid remuneration (in the form of salaries & wages). Administration represents owners of the enterprise who earn return on their capital invested & profits in the form of dividend.

Practically, there is no difference between management & administration. Every manager is concerned with both - administrative management function and operative management function as shown in the figure. However, the managers who are higher up in the hierarchy denote more time on administrative function & the lower level denote more time on directing and controlling worker’s performance i.e. management.

The Figure above clearly shows the degree of administration and management performed by the different levels of management




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