Compare the difference between management approaches in the past to those the organization currently uses.

Research your chosen company.  Find a minimum of three library sources, which will support your thesis in this assignment.  Review your assigned weekly lecture and text reading.  Select from this reading 8-10 key concepts, which will also support your thesis.  In a four to five page paper, address the questions below.  Your paper should follow APA format including a title and reference page.  The four to five page paper length requirement does NOT include the title page and reference page.  Refer to your classroom area titled South University Policies and Guideline: Using APA Standards in Your Coursework to ensure you are following the correct format.

In weeks one and two, you gathered information about an organization as it relates to planning and decision making.  In this assignment, you will apply the functions of Planning, Organizing, and Controlling. You will be required to use concepts and analyze the current management situations at the organization you have chosen.

Your paper must include research and should include a clear introduction with a thesis statement and a conclusion.  Your research paper should address the following:

Describe how the organization was managed in the past.  Compare the difference between management approaches in the past to those the organization currently uses.  Ensure you identify relevant management theory both for past practices and current approaches.

Describe how the organization is structured.  Include a copy of the organizational chart.  Describe how managers perform the organization function of management based on the structure of the organization.  Ensure one of the five types of structures as described in the textbook is identified and analyzed.

Identify a key manager in the organization and describe his/her primary functions and responsibilities.  Evaluate how effective this manager is in fulfilling these responsibilities making clear recommendations for improvement. Ensure you refer to the functions of management as described in your textbook.

Describe how decisions are made in this organization.  Using materials from the textbook or other relevant sources on decision making evaluate the effectiveness of the decision making process and make clear recommendations for improvement.

Describe the system of controls the organization uses.  Include in this description how control is used to ensure the organization meets its goals and objectives as well as how the organization uses a quality control process to ensure products and/or services are delivered as promised.  Evaluate the role of managers in these processes.  Make clear recommendations for improvement.  Ensure you refer to your textbook or other relevant sources in your evaluation.

Summarize the key recommendations you have made identifying each with the relevant function of management.

Include an APA formatted reference list and a title page (these do not count towards the minimum page requirements).

 

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Submitted a 4-5 page research paper that included three library sources and provided 8-10 key course concepts to support work.
20
Described how the organization was managed in the past. Compared the difference between management approaches in the past to those the organization currently uses. Identified relevant management theory both for past practices and current approaches.
20
Described how the organization is structured. Included a copy of the organizational chart. Described how managers perform the organization functions of management based on the structure of the organization. Ensured one of the five types of structures as described in the textbook was identified.
25
Identified a key manager in the organization and described his/her primary functions and responsibilities. Evaluated how effective this manager was in fulfilling these responsibilities making clear recommendations for improvement. Ensured functions of management as described in the textbook were discussed.
25
Described how decisions are made in this organization. Used materials from the textbook or other relevant sources on decision making. Evaluated the effectiveness of the decision making process and made the recommendations for improvement clear.
25
Described the system of controls the organization uses. The description included how control is used to ensure the organization meets its goals and objectives as well as how the organization uses a quality control process to ensure products and/or services are delivered as promised. Evaluated the role of managers in these processes. Made clear recommendations for improvement. Used textbook or other relevant sources in evaluation.
25
Summarized the key recommendations identifying each with the relevant function of management.
20
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner: demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
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