BUILDING QUALITY ORGANISATIONS

Introduction: Give a brief description of the organisation chosen as an example to illustrate your remarks. Remember, the purpose of the assignment is to display your depth of comprehension of the issues discussed, rather than extensive details of the organisation used to illustrate your points.
Question 1
Classify the Organisation’s structure by describing its key dimensions. Reference to models described in the literature or other approaches may be used.
Answers to question one. (Classification of structure, description of elements, relationship of elements) Students must discuss the theory and the way it may be applied to an organisation, giving references to the text to show their depth of comprehension of the topic. Key words: complexity, centralisation, formalisation.
Question 2
Explain how the organisation’s present structure could be characterised using Mintzberg’s theorem. Discuss any factors or contingencies which may influence this arrangement.
Answer to question two. Explain why the organisation has its present structure. Discuss Mintzberg’s theorem and explain the organisation’s structure in terms of Mintzberg’s theorem. Key words: professional bureaucracy, machine bureaucracy.
Question 3
How effective is this structure in enabling the organisation to achieve its strategic direction. Are its goals ends focused or means focused.
Answer to question three. Explain how the organisation’s structure facilitates the achievement of its organisational goals. Key words: ends focus, means focus.
Question 4
How does the organisation evaluate its effectiveness?
Answer to question four: Discuss the merits of four approaches to organisational effectiveness and explain the approach use in your example organisation. Key words: goal attainment, systems, strategic constituents, balanced scorecard.
Question 5
What structural problems or organisational issues do you perceive and in what way does the current structure help or hinder the organisation in addressing these problems?
Answer to final questions. Discuss any significant structural problem you perceive in your example organisation and explain what structural changes you would make to address the problem. This question is primarily aimed at students in the workforce who wish to explore structural improvements in their chosen organisation.
Conclusion. A summary of the key point and their supporting arguments.
References. A list of the full citation of your references in alphabetical order. URL’s listed last with date and time of access.
All discussion must be supported by argument and references to the source text. Referencing must be in-text and use the Harvard referencing style of Author-Date. Please do not use footnotes. Text must be Word.doc format in Times Roman font, 12 pt. one and a half line spacing. Assignment size 2000-3000 words.
Organisations in the Engineering & Technology Environment
Topic 1: Basic Elements of Organisational Structure
Topic 2: Dimensions of Organisational Structure
Topic 3: The Determinants of Structure
Topic 4: Organisational Effectiveness

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Introduction with a brief description of the organisation chosen as an example to illustrate your remarks.

Answers to question one. (Classification of structure, description of elements, relationship of elements) Students must discuss the theory and the way it may be applied to an organisation, giving references to the text to show their depth of comprehension of the topic. Key words: complexity, centralisation, formalisation.

Answer to question two. Explain why the organisation has its present structure. Discuss Mintzberg’s theorem and explain the organisation’s structure in terms of Mintzberg’s theorem. Key words: professional bureaucracy, machine bureaucracy.

Answer to question three. Explain how the organisation’s structure facilitates the achievement of its organisational goals. Key words: ends focus, means focus

Answer to question four: Discuss the merits of four approaches to organisational effectiveness and explain the approach use in your example organisation. Key words: goal attainment, systems, strategic constituents, balanced scorecard.

Answer to final questions. Discuss any significant structural problem you perceive in your example organisation and explain what structural changes you would make to address the problem.

Conclusion. A summary of the key point and their supporting arguments.

References. A list of the full citation of your references in alphabetical order. URL’s listed last with date and time of access.

All discussion must be supported by argument and references to the source text. Referencing must be in-text and use the Harvard style of Author-Date. Text must be Word documents in Times Roman font, 12 pt. one and a half line spacing. Assignment size 2000-3000 words. Please do not submit

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