Discuss why planning is important to managers within an organization.

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Planning helps managers allocate scarce resources appropriately. The planning process is aimed at reducing waste or curtailing the inefficient use of the available resources. Thus, planning helps managers to understand the priorities of the organization and ensures that the available resources can meet the most important processes adequately.

Planning also provides the framework for measuring the progress of the different processes and tasks. It enables managers to stay informed with regard to how the processes are being conducted and how far they are from their goals. Planning helps determine the success or failure of different projects.

Planning enables managers to make the decisions about the direction of different projects and processes. Additionally, planning enables managers to control the different aspects of their projects and processes to ensure each task stays on course.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Planning is important to managers because the whole point of management is to allow a business to operate more efficiently and to be more able to achieve its goals.  If there is no planning, managers cannot do these things.

In order to help a business achieve its goals, managers need to be able to spell out where the firm wishes to "go" and how it wishes to get there.  They must decide, for example, whether and how the firm wishes to expand.  They must decide how that expansion could best be carried out.

If there is no planning, decisions will be taken each day based simply on immediate needs.  This will not allow the company to move forward in an organized and purposeful way towards its future goals.  Such a firm is unlikely to succeed because it would have no long range plan.

For these reasons, managers need to plan if their firms are to succeed in the long term.

valariea | Student

 Because by planning provide direction to both manager and staff, reduce uncertainty by forcing managers to look ahead and anticipate change, reduce overlapping and wastefull activities, reduce CRISIS management and by planning they can define their GOALs and establish them .


I hope my answer was helpful.