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    Aug 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would highly recommend this course because it introduces new students to the basics of business and management studies. It allows one to develop a broad understanding of business organizations and provides them with subject-specific knowledge in areas such as markets, customers, finance, operations, communication, information technology and business policy and strategy. Most of all, the student learns about the key roles of management, which are; planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Management refers to effectively utilizing human and material resources to achieve objectives. The students are made to understand that managers are required to undertake and perform various management roles to ensure the successful running of the organization.

    Course highlights:

    The main thing I learned was that, the role of management in an organization is to ensure it's smooth running, efficiently and effectively. The purpose of management is to plan, organize, lead and control the other staff members within an organization. The highlights of this course was that, management is sub-divided further, to ensure its effectiveness within an organization. This ensures delegation, that facilitates for the distribution of labor and activities in accordance to the qualifications of the associated members of staff within management. Therefore, Directors, Managers and Supervisors all have responsibilities in the organization. A. Directors are individuals with legal responsibility to the businesses, customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders. They typically create the business plans. Directors sit on the board because they have specialist expertise in a particular line of business, or because they have generalist experience, or sometimes more importantly, good contacts. B. The Managing director. This is the figurehead of the organization. Managers have the job of organizing and controlling resources. Their work is often described as 'getting things done with or through people'. C. Senior managers. These make top level decisions concerning where an organization operates and what it makes or does. These decisions require detailed analysis and skilled judgement. D. Middle managers. These play the role of organizing and controlling the resource of an organization within established guidelines. Junior/supervisory management E. Junior/supervisory management is usually concerned with short-term supervisory activities - making sure that orders get out on time, making sure that people and resources are where they should be, etc. F. Supervisors are quite often the backbone of the organization. They are people who know how things should be done at 'ground level'. They work with managers to put plans into action at operational level. They manage day-to-day resources including the supervision of staff. These work hand in hand with the operatives to ensure the organization achieves its goals and objectives. Operatives are at the ground level but their work is still very important. It needs to be carried out with care and precision. An example is in a supermarket the operatives will include the shelf stackers, and checkout operatives. The formal roles of members of an organization will usually be set out in an organizational chart which sets out the span of control of the various levels of supervision. The informal roles that people play are less easy to map out but are also very important.

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    3-5 hours

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    This is the best foundation course for any Business student. It clearly explains and breaks down the basic concepts and definitions of a business organization. There is therefore a guarantee that any business student that goes through this course will learn and understand about the key roles of a manager and how a manager ensures that an organization runs in the most efficient and effective manner.

    • Spring 2009
    • Dr. Owuor
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