what is the difference between governance and management?

Governance put appropriate structure and process in place While, management is creating enabling environment for appropriate decision making to ensuring that the structure and processes in place are followed to ensure the attainment of predetermined objectives.

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Governance works on the basis of a separation of powers whereas management makes decisions while directors take decisions.In other words; Governance is the job of governing body such as committee to provide direction, leadership and control. Management is typically its day to day running or operating in accordance with policy and resources.

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It is interesting that this post is here at the same time I am attending a leadership course where we have been asked to explain the difference! In our discussion, we highlighted that leadership is a process based on influence while management relates to day-to-day running of an organization. The key activities in leadership include challenging, persuading, influencing and inspiring others to take action while management activities include planning, controlling, coordination, and organizing. While leadership requires creativity and innovation, management involves working with structures, policies and procedures.

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Hey fellow forum members,

I recently came across a topic that sparked my curiosity and wanted to discuss it here: the difference between governance and management. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they hold distinct meanings in the realm of organizational dynamics. Let’s dive deeper into this topic and explore their disparities.

In essence, governance refers to the overarching framework that sets the direction, goals, and policies of an organization. It involves defining the purpose, vision, and strategic objectives, along with ensuring compliance and accountability. Governance lays the foundation for the organization’s operations and guides decision-making at a high level.

On the other hand, management primarily deals with the execution of day-to-day tasks, implementing the strategies defined by the governance framework. It involves coordinating resources, supervising employees, and ensuring operational efficiency. Management focuses on achieving specific objectives within the boundaries set by governance.

To put it simply, governance is about making decisions, setting boundaries, and providing guidance, while management is about executing those decisions and achieving the desired outcomes.

Both governance and management are vital for the success of any organization. While governance provides the overall vision and direction, management ensures that the vision is realized through effective implementation.

It’s important to note that governance and management should work hand in hand to create a harmonious and efficient environment. Clear communication and collaboration between the two are crucial for the smooth functioning of any organization.

I hope this clarifies the distinction between governance and management. Feel free to share your thoughts or ask any further questions on this topic. Let’s engage in a constructive discussion and enhance our understanding together.

Looking forward to your insights!

Best regards,
[PMO Global Institute]