Focus on the vital few and not the trivial many.

Characteristics of Effective Control Systems

Effective control systems have certain characteristics in common.

  • Reliable.

Performance information must be reliable. Data integrity is a cornerstone for control.

  • Prompt.

Information must be available in a timely manner.

  • Legitimate.

Demand data that is unbiased and understandable.

  • Focused.

Use information that is targeted at areas where problems are most likely to occur.

  • Cost-effective.

 Make sure that benefits exceed costs.

  • Compatible.

It must be acceptable to the members of your organization.

  • Adaptable.

Make sure that your control system is flexible so that it can adapt to changes such as reorganizations, new product lines, and new markets.


Types of Control



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