The noun management means "the act of directing or controlling things," like your management of five-year-olds that included fun time, quiet time, and clean-up time.

Management can be the people in charge of running a business, who have employees who report to them, or the work those leaders do. Good management is a combination of people skills, shrewd business plans, and probably a little luck, too. Outside of business, management can describe anything you direct, like the management of your health by eating right, exercising, seeing your doctor regularly, and getting enough sleep.

Definitions of management

n the act of managing something

“he was given overall management of the program”
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the direction of an orchestra or choir
database management
creation and maintenance of a database
the management of money and credit and banking and investments
the management of a household
bad or dishonest management by persons supposed to act on another's behalf
misdirection, mismanagement
management that is careless or inefficient
handling, treatment
the management of someone or something
oversight, superintendence, supervising, supervision
management by overseeing the performance or operation of a person or group
administration, disposal
a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
authorisation, authorization, empowerment
the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
the act of withdrawing certification or terminating a franchise
canalisation, canalization, channelisation, channelization
management through specified channels of communication
guidance, steering
the act of guiding or showing the way
engaging in the business of keeping money for savings and checking accounts or for exchange or for issuing loans and credit etc.
the complete mismanagement or mishandling of a situation
the act of treating waste or pollutants by the use of microorganisms (as bacteria) that can break down the undesirable substances
method or manner of conduct in relation to others
keeping watch over examination candidates to prevent cheating
the way of administering a business
line management
administration of the activities contributing directly to an organization's output
organisation, organization
the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business
the act of administering or being in charge of something
shrewd or crafty management of public affairs
the act of final authorization
license, permission, permit
the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
certification, enfranchisement
the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
commission, commissioning
the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
delegating, delegation, deputation, relegating, relegation
authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
loan approval
formal authorization to get a loan (usually from a bank)
rubber stamp
routine authorization of an action without questions
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social control
control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

n those in charge of running a business

the management of a gambling house or casino
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administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

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