Select one of the companies below and conduct some basic research. State what you believe is the distinctive competence and core competence of your selected company. Give an example of how the values and mission statement help to shape planning. Also give some internal and external factors that may influence the business in the future and explain how they will influence the business. Respond substantively to two other learners.
a. British Petroleum
d. Dunkin Donuts
Address the following questions and also provide a company example of each with supporting rationale. Reply substantively to two other learners.
a. What kinds of companies should employ the simple structure organizational configuration?
b. What kind of companies should use the machine bureaucracy form of structure?
c. What kinds of organizations should feature a professional bureaucracy form of structure?
d. What kinds of firms should use the divisional form of structure?
e. What types of organizations are best suited to the adhocracy form of structure
The primary problem with performance appraisal programs is supervisory bias when making judgments. How can a company attempt to identify and reduce appraisal bias? Respond substantively to two other learners.
Explain how the concepts contained in Locke’s goal setting theory can be incorporated into Vroom’s expectancy theory. Explain how the concepts contained in Adams’ equity theory can be incorporated into expectancy theory. Respond substantively to two other learners.
View the video Making it All Work. Explain the parallels of the concepts presented in the video to the five functions of management. Explain how the five functions of management can help you in your personal life. How could the concepts presented make you a better leader? Respond substantively to two other learners.
Of the five management functions, which do you expect will experience the most dramatic changes in the next decade? Defend your answer. Which will have the least amount of change? Explain your answer. Respond substantively to two other learners.