Project #17904 - business paper

Manager Interviews

You will analyze managerial practice by comparing what the course and text state are ideal management practices versus what the managers you choose to actually do. Begin by interviewing three (3) managers, at least two (2) of whom should be from organizations other than your own. Through your interviews, determine how much time each manager spends on each of the four (4) management functions and what key activities each is engaged in that are related to each management function. Then compare and contrast the activities of the three (3) managers and offer explanations for any differences and/or patterns that emerge. Write an analysis paper (no less than 8 and no more than 10 pages in length double-spaced) that:

  • Briefly identifies the managers interviewed by job title, management level, department name and function, number of direct reports, nature of the company (size, age, management philosophy, industry);
  • Summarizes your definitions (using your own words) of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling;

 

  • Using your interviewees' responses, describes behaviors that illustrate activity related to the four functions of management. Describe how their behavior reflects the theories and concepts associated with each function. Be specific about the behavior and the function the behavior reflects;
  • Discusses any similarities from manager to manager;
  • Discusses any differences from manager to manager;
  • Offers explanations for the similarities and differences, based on the theories and concepts addressed in the course. Be specific about both the behaviors and the theories. Theories that are frequently useful include managerial roles, location of manager within the hierarchy, leadership approaches, motivational approaches, conflict management styles, organizational structure, external environment, etc; and
  • Assesses the learning and value of the assignment, including an assessment of the usefulness of the four functions and management theory in understanding managerial behavior.

Do not write the paper by reporting or summarizing what each manager said. Your focus should be on patterns, behaviors, and/or issues that your interviews reveal, not just what the manager said. needs to be cited in apa format

 

 

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/29/2013 10:00 am
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