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For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
(H. L. Mencken)
Why might one want to determine whether a particular organization is managed soundly? Here are just some of the possible reasons:
How can one determine whether an organization is being managed soundly?
There are many ways of determining whether an organization is soundly managed, but one of the best is based on the system of Generally Accepted Principles of Sound Management (GAPSM) that has been developed by the professional corporation governing certified managers in Quebec: the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec (OAAQ). The main works that discuss these principles are in French. They include the Guide de l'administrateur agréé, published by CCH Canadian, as well as Bernard Breault's book Exercer la saine gestion, Théorie appliquée à l'audit de saine gestion (2nd edition, also published by CCH Canadian). The OAAQ's standards of sound management are founded in law and based on six fundamental principles and five functions of management.
What is distinctive about the GAPSM system is that it combines fundamental management principles with management functions to define 41 different areas of sound managementfor example, transparency in planning, balance in directing, selflessness in controlling, and so on. Within each of these areas, it then identifies best practices (règles de l'art) that define sound management.
In the GAPSM system, the key activity consists in analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the organization's management processes in light of the challenges that the organization must face over the short, medium,and long term.
In addition to helping guide managers in their decision-making, the GAPSM system includes a specific procedure for auditing management practices within organizations. As specified by Quebec law, these audits must be conducted by practitioners who have been certified for this purpose by the OAAQ. If in the auditor's opinion, the organization does comply with the Generally Accepted Principles of Sound Management, the auditor may issue a certificate of sound management, analogous to the auditor's statement issued after a financial audit.
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