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Preparing for the second

assignment.

1. The report
marking criteria

2. An overview of POLC
Preliminaries - 10% 1. title page
2. table of contents
3. executive summary (the full story in a nutshell)
Introduction – 20% 1. describes the issues/events and their impact
2. introduces the organisation
3. indicates selected functions of management
4. introduces the plan of the report
Discussion – 40% Identifies, discusses and evaluates……
a range of selected theories and concepts from two
management functions that address/respond to
events/issues
Conclusion – 10% Draws logical deductions, sums up the main points, refers
to underlying themes and may identify unresolved issues
Recommendations Suggested course of action with clear and specific action
-10%
statements (justification not needed here)
Academic sources – >2 or Text + 2, +5, +6 relevant journal articlesYOU MUST
5%
STILL CITE SOURCES AND DO A REFERENCE LIST
Language &
grammar – 5%
The 4 functions of management

Figure 18.1
Planning
Why do managers plan?
• Purposes of planning
– Provides direction
– Reduces uncertainty
– Minimises waste and redundancy
– Sets the standards for controlling
Types of plans

Figure 7.1
Organising
Organising Design

Table 10.2
Organisational designs
Traditional Contemporary
Simple structure Team structures
Functional structure Matrix and project
Divisional structure Project
Boundaryless

Learning Organisation
Organising people
The HRM process

Figure 11.2
Leading
Managers versus leaders
Managers
Can influence people only to the extent of the
formal authority of their position

Leaders
Can influence other people and have managerial
authority
Leaders Motivate
Motivation is the processes that explains an
individual’s willingness to exert high levels
of effort to reach organisational goals.

Effort: a measure of intensity or drive.


Direction: toward organisational goals
Need: personalised reason to exert effort
Motivation works best when individual needs
are compatible with organisational goals.
Process Theories of Motivation
• Process theories focus on why people choose to
behave in certain ways and their reasons for
reacting as they do. These theories assist the
understanding of how motivation is energised
and sustained.
– Goal Setting Theory
– Reinforcement Theory
– Equity Theory
– Job Design Theory
– Expectancy Theory
Controlling
What is control?
Control
The process of monitoring activities to ensure
that they are being accomplished as planned
and of correcting any significant deviations.
The purpose of control
To ensure that activities are completed in ways
that lead to accomplishment of organisational
goals.
To get started
Identify
– points about your selected issue/event
– points about how it affects an organisation
– potential solutions from each of the following
Next
• Decide on your 2 POLC functions
• Read/scan the text on these 2 functions
• Do some journal and web searches on
– The issue/event
– Your organisation
– Your 2 POLC
• Avoid the trap of researching and putting in too
much on the issues and not enough on your 2
POLC functions.
• Remember 40% of the marks is in the
discussion section.