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    You have been the manager of human resources for a firm headquartered in the United States for many years. The firm has divisions all over the United States, as well as overseas. A new chief executive officer (CEO) has just come onboard after receiving his master's degree in business from an ivy-league institution. He has great academic credentials but little work experience. The management model that the former CEO preferred was more formal and autocratic, with most decision making being centralized to a great degree. Some of the firm's challenges include the following:

    The firm expects to be in a much more competitive environment in the future.
    To add to this, there has been talk about the possibility of employees forming a union because of the way they were treated under the former CEO.
    The overseas divisions, where a much higher growth potential is expected, have repeatedly complained about the time it takes to have decisions made by the staff that is headquartered in the United States. On the other hand, there have been times where the international divisions have made decisions that are at odds with the company's overall strategy.

    The new CEO has asked you to give him guidance on possibly changing the existing culture to better meet these challenges.

    Original only please and at least 3 references address the following.

    Management models to discuss are as follows:

    1. The use of an autocratic versus a participative management style toward decision making
    2. Having a more centralized versus a more decentralized decision making
    3. Adopting a more informal versus a more formal management style

    Search for articles that deal with actual examples of each of the 3 management models regarding the management of the employees in this firm.

    Complete the following:

    4. Write a paper explaining why that particular model of management was chosen by the senior management in the article that you researched.
    5. In your opinion, was this approach toward management a success?
    6. Why or why not?

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    Management style refers to the way managers in an organization exercise their authority, encourage or discourage their staff to do their work, exercise their control in the organization, maintain communication internally in the organization and handle various issues in the organization. This style varies from manager to manager and also on organization's culture.
    Some of the management models that may be utilized in an organization by the managers include
    • autocratic versus a participative management style
    • Centralized versus decentralized decision making
    • Informal versus formal management style
    In the autocratic management style, the leader or the manager adopts a style in which the advice of the staff members is not taken into account. The manager would not be taking the feedback of the staff members regarding the workflow. The manager would only be telling the staff the tasks to be completed and the manner in which it should be done. No consideration is given to either any problem experienced by the staff or solving the low motivational levels of the staff.
    In participative management style, leader involves staff members and takes into consideration their opinion in decision making.
    In centralized decision making, the manager makes decisions and workers are expected to execute the job orders.
    In decentralized decision making the decision making is delegated to the ...

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