Summary: The material reviews the essential characteristics of the social phenomenon „control“. The analysis of the reasons for the control origin uncovers two lines of meaning – one, where control is critical social attitude and the other, where control is a basic managerial function. Both inceptions’ tracking creates possibility for the control being accepted as a key factor for society’s development because of its possibilities to impose norms, to introduce results analysis and on this ground, correctives in the behaviour of all socially active subjects to be introduced. The chronology analysis of the development of the idea for control predetermines the establishment of complete and systematic notion about the fact that a phenomenon of a long history possesses high potential for wide application, which can be thought and worked on in the future. Uncovering the characteristics of the social phenomenon “control” proves this is not easily achievable goal and, because of that, the tasks are limited in a way concerning number and volume. The presentation is grounded on the predominant use of analytical methods and proves the society and its development would have achieved far weaker and unsatisfying results in all fields without control.
Key words: control, norm, feedback, result, critical attitude.