This archive file comprises BUS 201 Week 1 Assignment Balancing Family and Work
Business - General Business
Four Functions . Discuss the most important decisions that must be made in (a) planning, (b) organizing, (c) leading, and (d) controlling to allow a manager to utilize organizational resources effectively and build a competitive advantage. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings
Diversity . Assess how today’s increasingly diverse workforce and environment can both help facilitate and hinder a manager’s responsibilities in an organization. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Managing Ethically . Today’s business world often requires that employees work longer hours and travel extensively. This forces many to sacrifice family time and other personal responsibilities for their careers. In a one to two page paper, answer the following: What are the ethical implications of requiring that employees dedicate long hours and extensive travel time to their careers? What obligations, if any, does a manager or employer have to enable employees to create a balanced professional and private life? Support your answers with examples.
Environmental Factors . Globalization is the set of specific and general forces that work together to integrate and connect economic, political and social systems across countries, cultures, or geographical regions. The result of globalization is that nations and peoples become increasingly interdependent because the world’s markets and businesses become increasingly interconnected. Discuss how globalization is affecting the political, legal, and economic forces impacting today’s business environment. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Creativity and Learning . The quality of organizational decision making ultimately depends on innovative responses to opportunities and threats. Explain the role that organizational learning and creativity play in helping managers to improve their decisions. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Competitive Advantage . Obtaining a competitive advantage is an important aspect of management today because organizations exist in a more global environment than ever before. Within most industries, organizations compete with other companies that are able to provide the same goods and services for less money because they utilize resources in other countries, such as human resources in third world or other low labor cost countries, where workers are typically paid a third of what American laborers receive.
In this one to two-page paper, discuss the building blocks of competitive advantage and the role a manager should play in achieving this advantage.
Functional Structure . When and under what conditions might managers change from a functional to (a) a product, (b) a geographic, or (c) a market structure? Give a real-life example of such a change. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Controls . The three main mechanisms that managers use to assess output or performance are financial measures, organizational goals, and operating budgets. Compare and contrast when it would be more appropriate to use one measurement assignment versus another. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Motivation . Motivation may be defined as psychological forces that determine the direction of a person’s behavior in an organization. Motivation is central to m
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