Management is the direction and control of an organization.Administration is the interpretation and implementation of policy.
The DifferenceManagement implies flexibility such that a manager may chose a path to achieving a set of objectives. Administration implies oversight of a systematic process.
Public AdministrationThe term administration is most often applied to government and non-profit organizations where leadership are expected to conform to policy, best practices and standards. In the case of government, this is termed public administration.The private sector tends to use the term management over administration. Managers may be expected to meet objectives in a flexible and aggressive way that precludes strict adherence to a status quo. In many firms, managers are expected to change things and innovate such that they set the standard as opposed to following it.
Business AdministrationThe study of management is often referred to as business administration. As such, it is something of an academic term. For example, in the private sector "Manager" is a far more common job title than "Business Administrator."
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