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Within corporations, an upper manager is the person who must take responsibility for and is accountable for the success or failure of their particular operation. In large corporations, top executives must meet with other top executives to ensure that operations are being carried out in accordance with the organization's goals and policies.
Plant managers, general managers, departmental managers, and executive officers are all part of the top executives who formulate the policies and directions of corporations and agencies. The fundamental objective that these executives must work towards is to ensure that their business units make a profit for their shareholders and owners. General managers and top executives work to ensure that their organizations meet these objectives and increase the shareholder's value.
The scope of high level executive's responsibilities depends greatly upon the size of the organization. In larger organizations, their duties may be highly specialized. For example, they may oversee managers of marketing, sales, purchasing, finance, personnel, etc. In a small firm. the chief executive might be responsible for all or a number of these functions.
Middle managers, in turn, direct the individual department's activities within the framework of the organization's overall plan. With the help of supervisory managers and their staffs, these managers oversee and motivate their workers to achieve the department's goals as rapidly as posiible.
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Last updated: April 20, 1998
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