What is the role of communication in  basic management functions?

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estoverl eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Effective communication provides the pathway for information to flow and makes all other elements of management possible. Universities devote entire courses to the subject because without effective communication, management fails. 

Communication is involved in all aspects of business. Management must be responsible for providing the model for communication expectations within an organization. From the top down, the effective communication model can then impact all aspects of communication between administration and staff; team and department members; staff and the public. 

Communication expectations must consider that communication impacts critical thinking, decision making, cross cultural communications, ethics, team building and teamwork, oral presentations, written communications, ability to persuade others, interviews, inner organization relationships and how outside publics such as the media perceive your organization. 

Managed and developed properly, communication enhances management and aides in organization success. 

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As you can probably imagine, communication is essential in business management. Without it, you will never be able to run a good company. You need to communicate several things.

First, you need to communicate in a clear way the vision of the company. This is important, because you want all your employees to be on the same page and you want them to strive toward the same goal, otherwise they will work aimlessly.

Second, you want to communicate short-term goals as well. This is an important point also, because you want to give concrete steps for people to accomplish on a weekly and even daily basis.

Third, you also want those underneath you to communicate with each other. By communicating with each other, you can have a much more effective company. For instance, one department can help another. They can generate new ideas as well. In short, communication is essential for all business or corporation and good mangers will excel in this area.