6 most important Principles of Control in management are as follows:

The setting up of a good control system should be guided by certain important principles.

1. Principle of Reflection of Plans:

The more clear and complete the plans of the organisation and the more contr61s are designed to reflect these plans, the more effectively will controls serve its needs.


2. Principle of Prevention:

The truth of the saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is well-established. In control more attention should be directed to prevention of shortfalls than, remedying them after they occur. Peed forward control is very helpful in this respect.

3. Principle of Responsibility:

Responsibility for control particular measurement of deviations taking corrective action should be given to specific individuals at each stage of the operation.


4. Exception Principle:

The managers should concern themselves with exceptional cases i.e., those where the deviations from standards are very significant. Deviations of a minor mature may be left to subordinates for necessary action.

5. Principle of Critical Points:

All operations have got’ certain vulnerable or critical points. It is these which cause most of the troubles – give rise to major deviations. The managers should pay more attention to the guarding of these points.


6. Principle of Pyramid:

Feedback data should first be communicated to the bottom of the pyramid i.e., those supervisors and even operating staff who is at the lowest levels. This will give the employees opportunity to control their own situations, apart from quickening remedial action.