| John Spacey, September 01, 2015 updated on April 30, 2018
A management control is any process, practice, policy, tool, measurement or system that is put in place to allow management to direct the resources of an organization. The following are illustrative examples of management control.
The process of establishing goals and plans to achieve goals.Formally documenting plans as requirements and managing change to these plans.Financial controls such as the practice of developing, monitoring and accounting for a budget.
The process of agreeing to a set of objectives with employees and evaluating performance against those objectives.
SupervisionMonitoring the performance of employees to improve productivity, efficiency and work quality.
A process for submitting, evaluating, approving, prioritizing, implementing, communicating and reviewing change to an organization.
Program & Project ManagementImplementing change in a managed way with program management and project management practices.The repeated process of identifying, analyzing and treating risk.
Identifying and eliminating safety hazards and implementing ways to reduce safety risks.Implementing safeguards and countermeasures for risks to people, property and information.
Compliance ControlsThe implementation of processes, procedures, systems, checks, measurements and reports to comply with laws, regulations, standards and internal policy.
Metrics & ReportingDeveloping and communicating meaningful measurements of organizational performance.The repeated process of benchmarking your results against your industry, competition or current best practices.The repeated process of measuring things, improving them and measuring again.
Ensuring that outputs conform to specifications. For example, implementing a process to test products on a production line.Quality assurance is the process of preventing future quality failures. For example, the practice of investigating the root cause of all quality failures to identify improvements.Improving productivity, efficiency and quality by replacing work with automation.The practice of capturing information and knowledge that may be useful in future.The control of data in areas such as data quality, data lineage, security, integration and compliance.
Inventory ControlRegulating and accounting for inventory to avoid a shortage or surplus of a supply.Control of assets such as facilities, infrastructure, machines, software and intellectual property. For example, a system of accounting for assets that implements appropriate separation of concerns.
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