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Introduction to the Study Manual
Welcome to this study manual for Managing in Organisations. The manual has been specially written to assist you in your studies for the ABE Advanced Diploma in Business Management and is designed to meet the learning outcomes specified for this module in the syllabus. As such, it provides the basis for your study of each subject area, guiding you through the various topics which you will need to understand. However, at this level, it is most important that you do not rely solely on the manual as the only source of information in studying the module. It is essential that you read more widely around each topic, and we set out below some guidance on additional resources which you should use to help in preparing for the examination. The syllabus for the module is set out on the following pages and you should read this carefully so that you understand the scope of the module and what you will be required to know for the examination. Also included in the syllabus are details of the method of assessment – the examination – and the books recommended as additional reading. The main study material then follows in the form of a number of study units as shown in the contents. Each of these units is concerned with one topic area and introduces you to the key concepts, themes and issues of that area. They are, though, designed to be a starting point at this level, and provide a framework for developing your knowledge and understanding through your own learning, rather than everything you need to know for the examination. You need to think critically about what you read and develop it by further reading and relating it to your own experience and understanding of applications in the real world. Note that the examiners for all the modules at the Advanced Diploma level have stated clearly that it is not sufficient to learn the material in this manual and repeat it in the examination. You must demonstrate depth to your understanding by having read and thought more widely about the topics under discussion. Additional resources ABE website – www.abeuk.com. You should ensure that you refer to the Members Area of the website from time to time for advice and guidance on studying and preparing for the examination. We shall be publishing articles which provide general guidance to all students and, where appropriate, also give specific information about particular modules, including updates to the recommended reading and to the study units themselves. Additional reading – As noted above, it is most important you do not rely solely on this manual to gain the information needed for the examination on this module. You should, therefore, study some other books to help develop your understanding of the topics under consideration. The main books recommended to support this manual are included in the syllabus which follows, but you should also refer to the ABE website for further details of additional reading which may be published from time to time. Newspapers – You should get into the habit of reading a good quality newspaper on a regular basis to ensure that you keep up to date with any developments which may be relevant to the subjects in this module. Your college tutor – If you are studying through a college, you should use your tutors to help with any areas of the syllabus with which you are having difficulty. That is what they are there for! Do not be afraid to approach your tutor for this module to seek clarification on any issue, as they will want you to succeed as much as you want to. Discussion with other students – If you can, you should consolidate and test your knowledge and understanding in discussion with others. This can add an important dimension to your studies at this level by explaining and justifying your understanding, or challenging the understanding of others.
Your own personal experience – The ABE examinations are not just about learning lots of facts, concepts and ideas from the study manual and other books. They are also about how these are applied in the real world and you should always think how the topics under consideration relate to your own work and to the situation at your own workplace and others with which you are familiar. Using your own experience in this way should help to develop your understanding by appreciating the practical application and significance of what you read, and make your studies relevant to your personal development at work. It should also provide you with examples which can be used in your examination answers.
And finally … We hope you enjoy your studies and find them useful not just for preparing for the examination, but also in understanding the modern world of business and in your own personal and work development. We wish you every success in your studies and in the examination for this module. The Association of Business Executives September 2008
Unit Title: Managing in Organisations Level: 6 Learning Outcomes and Indicative Content: Candidates will be able to: 1.
Unit Code: MIO Learning Hours: 210
Understand the key factors in designing an organisation 1.1 1.2 Identify and explain the key factors or elements that are influential in the design of organisations in the 21st century Discuss how these factors/elements can affect how an organisation is configured to respond to demands made on it both internally and externally Describe typical ways of structuring an organisation (divisions, geographically, by product etc) and discuss the issue of centralisation or decentralisation in the above contexts Examine and explain metaphors (organic, machine-like, organisations as systems etc) that describe the differing views of organisations including the need for hybrid forms of structure Differentiate between the terms ‘structure’ and ‘process’ in an organisational context
Discuss the reasons why organisations have adopted or adapted their current form to provide effectiveness in light of external/internal pressures 2.1 2.2 2.3 Identify and assess key influences from the business environment that affect the way the organisation organises its resources Discuss the value of benchmarking against external competition to improve effectiveness particularly at operational level Examine the role of technology in providing opportunities for the organisation in achieving short and long term goals
Critically evaluate relevant management and organisational theory to assist in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation and its processes 3.1 3.2 3.3 Identify and explain appropriate management and organisational theory to assist in achieving operational or functional aims Apply appropriate management and organisational theory to organisations to improve the use of human, physical, and financial resources to gain competitive advantage over their competition Critically evaluate organisations to cope with a dynamic external environment
Appreciate organisational performance and the links with performance management of staff 4.1 4.2 Examine the role of goals and objectives and their contribution to organisational success Explain how organisations help employees and managers to achieve their goals
Describe and critically evaluate the main functions of management (planning, organising, leading and controlling) to assist in goal achievement at all levels 5.1 5.2 5.3 Explain the main functions of management and the role of managerial ethics Critically evaluate the functions of management and their appropriateness in today’s organisations Assess how the functions outlined in 5.1 and 5.2 can be enhanced
Understand organisational change and the need for organisational innovation 6.1 6.2 6.3 Identify and explain external and internal triggers of change and innovation Discuss different approaches to change Describe and explain the use of current theory on how to manage the change process and resistance to change
Understand the role of organisational and corporate culture and its relevance to achieving long-term goals 7.1 7.2 Describe and explain organisational culture Critically assess the value of such knowledge to understand the value of organisational culture to managers
Understand the value of organisational development 8.1 8.2 Identify and explain approaches to organisational development Critically evaluate approaches to organisational development
Assessment Criteria: • • • Assessment method: written examination Length of examination: three hours Candidates should answer four questions from a choice of eight, each question carrying equal marks
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