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Our text suggest that the bureaucratic theory of organizational behavior provides the most common model of managerial structure and most organizations are hierarchical using the span of control. Describe span of control and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of span of control. From your experience in EMS describe the optimal number that a manager should supervise. 200 words Span of control signifies the number of people that serve under a manager’s direct control. For example, if a shift supervisor has ten EMS crews then he would have span of control of ten medics. Under the bureaucratic theory, states that everyone in the organization knows the general duties of all. However, positions are in a ranking order and there is a chain of command. The people in the organization that hold the higher positions are typically the ones with authority. Some advantages of having span of control over a small group are rapid communication within the group, smaller groups are easier to control, and better opportunities to learn others job responsibilities and possibly get promoted. The goal should be teaching everyone in the smaller group duties related with other jobs. With a small group to monitor the supervisors can spend time with their employees and create development options for the employee. Communication shouldn’t be a problem with a small amount of subordinates. Some disadvantages with a small group would be role confusion. Due to the opportunity to learn different task, employees may be confused with their own job requirements. Other disadvantages include micromanaging of employees, and low morale. A successful manager should strive to motivate, lead and guide their employees. Within the EMS system it has been my experience that the greater the span of control was, the least effective the manager was.
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