Administrative management

Administrative management
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Administrative management "The word 'administration' comes from the Latin word Administrarc which is a combination of meaning "to" and ministrare signifying to 'minister' or 'serve'. Later, the word assumed the meaning, 'to govern'. Management comes from manus, meaning 'to control by hand'"[1].

Administrative management is often used to name form of bureaucratic organization. It heavily relies on formal competencies, procedures, processes undertaken by employees with strict measurement and control systems used for monitoring progress of work. Very important factor in administrative management is the necessity to create efficient information system to efficiently distribute data and knowledge within organization. Every management function involve administrative management in some extent, even agile software development methodology relies on procedures and rules for performing particular action which involve proper administrative procedures.

Managing Information[edit]

Administrative management has a lot to do with information and the management thereof. Administrative management includes the processes and resources required to maintain, protect, collect and retrieve information used in an organisation, company. It encompasses also storage and release of information , as well as cost accounting, bookkeeping, archive control and general office organisation.

"The administrative manager is usually also responsible for effective communication, office layout, office equipment and furniture, office procedures, workflow, systems analysis and design, automation, form analysis and controlling staff relations"[2]. Administrative management can also be considered as managing information through people. Administrative management had a limited scope in earlier years. In eariel the primary role administrative managers was to oversee employees who performed office tasks. Administrative management wasn't a separate organisation function as it is today.

The job titles of administrative managers in different organisations differ quite a lot. Among these titles we will also find:

  • administrative office manager
  • administrative manager,
  • office administrator
  • office support manager,
  • director of administration
  • director of administrative services.

All these positions share similar responsibilities[3].

Administrative Function[edit]

"Administrative management does not comprise one position, one office or one department, but rather the entire management component that works in an administrative capacity"[4]. The one of the basics functions that usually exist in an organisation is the administrative function. This function doesn't generate income for the organisation but provides specialised support to individuals and other organisation functions[5].



  1. R.K. Sapru (2009), s. 18
  2. E.J. Ferreira, A.W. Erasmus, D. Groenewald (2009), s. 3-5
  3. E.J. Ferreira, A.W. Erasmus, D. Groenewald (2009), s. 3-5
  4. E.J. Ferreira, A.W. Erasmus, D. Groenewald (2009), s. 3-5
  5. E.J. Ferreira, A.W. Erasmus, D. Groenewald (2009), s. 3-5

Author: Agnieszka Pytel