General Management

As a general manager, you’ll be an executive in charge of the day to day activities of business, overseeing all the administrative functions of the organisation.

What do General Managers do?

A general manager formulates the overall strategy and establish policies in order to ensure that the organisation meets its planned goals. They coordinate different processes and operations across the organisation. They perform a supervisory role in all the functional areas including finance, accounting, human resources, sales, marketing, and research and development.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Take part in devising and administering company policies
  • Checked Direct and coordinate all divisional department activities to develop and implement organizational goals and objectives
  • Checked Review reports on operations, costs and department’s or division’s progress toward stated goals and objectives
  • Checked Discuss and review achievements with CEO and identify required changes in current goals or objectives
  • Checked Review production and operating reports and resolve any problems to ensure efficiency and effectiveness
  • Checked Review operations and plans to meet requirements for sales planning
  • Checked Review and approve preparation of accounting analysis for budgetary planning

What job roles can a General Manager take up?

Supervise the overall functions of the organisation.
Ensure safe and efficient operations to maximise efficiency, productivity, and profits for the organization
Responsible for leading the team working on a project from planning to execution
Provide guidance and advice to organisations to improve their performance in various key factors.
Develop and implement strategies to build the public image of the organisation.
Research and develop promotional strategies for the company’s products and services.

How to become a General Manager?

Step 1
Take any stream in 10+ 2

Candidates with any stream at the plus two level are eligible for higher studies in management subjects. But plus two in commerce is always an added advantage.

Step 2
Take a Bachelor's’ Degree in any Management related discipline

To build a career in General Management, you can take a bachelor's degree in any discipline. However choosing a management related degree like BBA/BMS/BBM/B.Com is advisable. The duration of this program is usually 3 years.

Step 3
Take a Masters in General Management

More than the course, the institute plays a major role in management degree courses. Most common and recommendable pathway to this career is an MBA in General Management/Executive MBA with a specialization in any field. IIMs, the top management institutes in the country, provide management courses in the name ‘Post graduate Programs’. Masters in any Management is usually a 2 years program.

Step 4
Take an MPhil/PhD

MPhil & PhD in general management are available in different institutes across the world. Mphil is a one year program suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a career as academicians, and researchers. PhD aspirants can do in-depth research works in different functional areas.


Note:FPM (Fellow Program in Management)

FPM is a 5 year full time Doctoral programme offered by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

General Management Colleges

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Requirements for Masters in General Management

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for Post Graduate Program in Management)

  • A bachelor’s degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA to be eligible for CAT.
  • CAT Score.
  • Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds, if minimum CAT score is secured.
  • Final Selection is done on the basis of CAT, WAT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc.

Foreign (from London School of Economics, UK for Masters in Management)

  • An undergraduate degree in any academic background from a recognized university.
  • Work experience of 3 months or more is ideal, but not required.
  • GMAT or GRE.
  • IELTS - Overall 7.0 or TOEFL - Overall 100.
  • Academic statement of purpose.
  • Two references.

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Skills Required

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Managers need to effectively communicate with different people to get things done and to eliminate the gap between organizational goals and the work in progress.

Leadership

Managers are required to direct a team towards pre-set goals.

Problem solving and analytical skills

An essential skill required in this field as managers have to analyse situations and reports to provide solutions to complex problems.

Adaptability to change

According to the changing trends and needs of people, managers need to adopt new techniques and methods to deal with them.

Strategic thinking and planning abilities

It is required for them to know planning techniques and to apply them in practice.

Time management

Managers must plan tasks and make sure efficiency is maintained in the completion of them, thus management of time is highly important.

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