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Management and software tools applicability to new managers

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This solution gives insights that using the right analysis tool will compensate for inexperienced managers.

It addresses the following issues:

Do the tools help only in certain situations, such as routine, daily, or rather mundane decisions, like cost controls, quality controls, or staffing questions (in terms of number of people needed)?

Do the tools help the finance or accounting arms of a company more than operations managers do?

What happens if the data entered is wrong? Analytical tools suffer from the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) weaknesses, and thus an analysis based on these numbers can be flawed.

Can the software and tools replace experienced and seasoned managers? Do computers really think? Do they learn from their mistakes? Can they manipulate or change their environment?

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Do the tools help only in certain situations, such as routine, daily, or rather mundane decisions, like cost controls, quality controls, or staffing questions (in terms of number of people needed)?

Answer: Appropriate management tools is applicable in all aspects of the company operation, be it routinary, mundane, or any organizational setup. The bottomline is that the right tool is applied in the right work situation.

Do the tools help the finance or accounting arms of a company more than operations managers do?

Answer: Tools like AIS (Accounting Information System) is very valuable in the finance and accounting arm due to the fact that the automated/computerized system results to a faster and reliable accounting output/reports. Of course, machines are machines and need direction from people and therefore the company's operations managers are indispensable in seeing to it that reports and inputs are following to the letter. In short, the tools only facilitate the job of the operations manager, not to replace him/her.

What happens if the data entered is wrong? Analytical tools suffer from the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) weaknesses, and thus an analysis based on these numbers can be flawed.

Answer. Of course analytical tools suffer from infirmities like inputting erroneous data. But this can be compensated by having operations manager check and double check the data before entering them in the selected analytical tool. Computers as a tool in management decision-making is just a tool. It cannot correct erroneous data. The expertise of the manager could come in detecting erroneous results before the output is applied in policy making of the company.

Can the software and tools replace experienced and seasoned managers?

Answer: As I have said, no analytical tool can replace experienced and seasoned managers. It's just there to facilitate repetitive task of the manager. It is there to supplement the job and not replace the job itself.

Do computers really think?

Answer: They can but these are dependent on the programs embedded in the machine. To believe that they can think by themselves without human intervention is a fallacy.

Do they learn from their mistakes?

Answer. If the programming codes tells them to. Look at the word processors available today, they can correct misspellings, grammar, and sentence construction. But, again, these are embedded in their programming codes.

Can they manipulate or change ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the advantages of the use of various tools such as accounting information system, management tools, and computers to inexperienced managers. The solution also has additional readings on "Harvard Business School suggested management tools", article on "Computers".

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