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Principles of Management: Responsibilities of a Business

1. A re-organization will require that some employees are provided severance packages while other reassigned. What interpersonal managerial roles developed by Mintzberg will a manager confronted with this employ? Explain.

2. A manager has decided to use the Hawthorne Studies to improve productivity in an office. How would she accomplish this? Would the results be short- or long-term? Explain.

3. Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman argued that, "there is one and only one social responsibility of business?use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game" (Friedman, 1962, p. 133). Do you agree with Friedman? Explain.

4. Please evaluate this scenario by detailing what the manager would do for each step in the decision-making process.
i) Two employees are blaming each other for a project they collaborated on which failed.
ii) The department's last three hirers all quit within six months.

5. Competition with China has eviscerated many American industries, how can women's clothing companies compete? Car companies? Please use Michael Porter competitive advantage categories: cost leadership strategy, differentiation strategy, and niche in your answer. Explain.

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1. A re-organization will require that some employees are provided severance packages while other reassigned. What interpersonal managerial roles developed by Mintzberg will a manager confronted with this employ? Explain.

The manager will be confronted with the role of leader because he has to help the employees in this transition towards the new change in the organization and thus, need to ensure that employee's resistance are being met with ease and apprehensions, concerns and queries of the employees regarding this restructuring, lay off and reassignment of jobs are being adequately answered. The manager has to show extraordinary leadership skills to manage this transition in an effective manner as employees will not be ready to embrace the change. Hence, he needs to use his experience, charisma and knowledge and establish strong trust with employees to convince them for embracing the new change in the organization.

2. A manager has decided to use the Hawthorne Studies to improve productivity in an office. How would she accomplish this? Would the results be short- or long-term? Explain.

This would be accomplished by encouraging team work or establishing work teams in the organization. Productivity would increase due to the use of teams because team members will perform better when they are being observed by other team members, as per the Hawthorne effect. If the ...

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