Adapting to Environments

Adapting to Environments - identify the organizational...

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Adapting to Environments The role of a manager is to monitor and shape the internal and external environments and to  anticipate changes and react quickly to them. Managers can monitor the environments through  boundary spanning  — a process of gathering  information about developments that could impact the future of the organization. Managers can  access information through a variety of sources: customer and supplier feedback; professional,  trade, and government publications; industry associations; and personal contacts.  Managers can also actively work to influence their external environments through lobbying, voting,  and using the media to influence public opinion. Internal elements comprise the organization itself. Internal change arises from activities and  decisions within the organization. Managers can gather information by conducting a thorough  evaluation of the internal operations of the organization. The purpose of this internal analysis is to 
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Unformatted text preview: identify the organizational assets, resources, skills, and processes that represent either strengths or weaknesses. Strengths are aspects of the organization's operations that represent potential competitive advantages (any aspect of an organization that distinguishes it from its competitors in a postive way), while weaknesses are areas that are in need of improvement. Several key areas of the organization's operations should be examined in an internal analysis. Key areas to be assessed include the marketing, financial, research and development, production, and general management capabilities. These areas are typically evaluated in terms of the extents to which they foster quality and support the competitive advantage sought by the organization....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course MGMT 4375 taught by Professor Eixmann during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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