The Control Function
The purpose of control is to measure outcomes or outputs to see whether they pass or fail according to the mission, objectives, and strategy. Control is a valuable component of the planning process. It ensures that the organization accomplishes its mission and objectives. Control essentially means making something happen the way it was planned to happen.1 At the business or corporate level, control is implemented by monitoring the company’s progress along a path of change, evaluating the efficiency of that progress, and improving the process of change in order to accomplish the predetermined goals or mission in the most efficient manner possible.