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Printable View of: Module 2 overview and objectives File: Module 2 Overview Print Save to File Module 2: Managing People in Organisations Overview Before starting work on this module, you should be familiar with the contents of the module: ‘Introduction to Management Concepts’, which is part of SEB121: Fundamentals of Technology Management . Please review that module now—it is essential background reading for the current study. If you have not studied the module, please request a copy from the Library. ‘Introduction to Management Concepts’ introduces basic functions of management, namely planning, organising, motivating and controlling. To perform management functions there must be an organisational structure, and the members performing various activities should take into account the internal as well as the external environment of the organisation. This module deals with the organising and motivating functions of management in more detail, emphasising organisational structure and environment. It focuses on the human aspects of management, which is perhaps the most difficult area of management to comprehend. In the late 1800s and early 1900s huge advances in productivity were achieved by the application of new technologies. There was little need for managers to concern themselves with the people or the structures of their organisations. Such advances are increasingly rare, and with growing competition and consumer awareness, the managers of today must turn to the application of human, or interpersonal, skills to achieve greater productivity from existing processes. First and foremost, management is an activity involving human beings. Two researchers confirmed this when they made a study of the common characteristics of the ten most successful companies in the USA. The researchers concluded: Treat people as adults. Treat them as partners; treat them with dignity; treat them with respect. Treat them—not capital spending and automation—as the primary source of productivity gains. These are fundamental lessons from the excellent companies research. In other words, if you want productivity and the financial reward that goes with it, you must treat your workers as your most important asset. Their research showed that good people management will increase productivity, enhance employee satisfaction and allow the organisation to grow in the long-term. This module has been designed to lead you through a series of readings on the tasks involved in people management. Each topic is introduced very briefly, references are given to the required readings, and a series of activities or questions is presented for discussion in class or amongst your co-workers. A list of further resources is provided at the end of each topic for those interested in wider reading. The objectives listed below indicate the scope and breadth of the knowledge we hope you
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2008 for the course SEB SEB323 taught by Professor Cavenett during the Spring '08 term at A.T. Still University.

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