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Introductory Management Questions and Issues

1. There are four basic functions of management...planning, organizing, managing, and controlling. Rank order these in order from most important to least important them provide supporting narrative to justify your decision.

2. The culture of an organization has a tremendous effect on how the workers feel about their jobs. A good workplace results in employee happiness and increased productivity. As a senior manager describe how you would influence the culture of your company and how you would follow through to ensure the momentum of your efforts was not lost.

3. It seems that over the last few years more and more corporate executives have failed ethically to conduct honesty business activities. With more and more news of these unethical reports what do you think has driven the corporate world to such levels? What is your prediction of how the ethical evolution will unfold in future years?

4. Future managers of U.S. corporations will no doubt find themselves involved in international trade and related plant operations. How can these managers' best prepare themselves for the challenges of the foreign business operations which they will encounter?

5. Do you prefer a functional or a product oriented organizational structure?
Discuss the positive and negative aspects of each.

6. The three basic elements of management (3M's) are manpower, machinery, and money. Obviously the manpower or human element is the most critical and the one which occupies the majority of a manager's time. During the last 40 years we have made gigantic strides to improve the workplace and make it safer for the workers. We gave them safety, flexitime, TQM, telecommuting, etc. What three other things haven't yet been added to the employees basket of benefits which would make them more productive (and happy) in the workplace?

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1. I would rank the four basic functions of management in this order: planning, organizing, managing, and controlling. This is due to the fact that the foundation of any effective management paradigm will require proactive and detailed planning, and without this planning there will be no foundation from which organizing could effectively take place. Without effectively organizing an organization and its personnel it would be impossible for effective management to take place, and the proper management of human and material resources and organizational processes and procedures is required before there could be any effective controlling of an organization and its components.

2. The key method by which I would influence the culture of my company would be to develop a standard operational procedure manual that advocates a culture of pursuing excellence, belief in organizational goals, utilizing professional language, adherence to organizational rules and regulations, etc. I would also influence this culture by being a shining example of a practitioner of ...

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This solution describes essential aspects of effective management.