A bureaucratic organisation and a local team, management controls are initiated and maintained

the unit name is : introduction to management

i am doing a pre-master course

the report (max 6 pages) that evaluates how in

(a) a bureaucratic organisation and
(b) a local team, management controls are initiated and maintained.

Your report should

1.use examples from a competitive company or public sector organisation of your choice to illustrate your arguments.
2.offer conclusions about relationships between a?control systemsa?, values and interpersonal relationships between supervisors and team members.

Aims:

The assignment is designed to get you to research and offer conclusions (synthesizing) about

a?the nature and processes of management control as may be defined by cybernetics or a systems scientist

a?objective setting and its application as demonstrated by

o management by objectives and results
o budgeting
o ratio analysis methods to measure corporate performance
o distortion management control by zealous & insensitive use of targets
o the one-to-one interactive processes of staff appraisal
o the importance of unitary rather than pluralistic values in organisational membership and communication.

Presentation Standards

a? You must follow scholarly, bibliographic conventions for referencing the sources that have informed your work (see below). The danger of plagiarism must be avoided to achieve the high standards required for a Masters programme.
a? Written coursework should be
o accurate in expression, literate and legible.
o ideally in word processed form.
a? Put page numbers on each page a marks will be lost if you forget.
a? Use a font size that can be read by tired eyes. Do not use fancy fonts.


Use Harvard referencing conventions.

All sources you use in an assignment to present your case or argument should be acknowledged. Properly reference all assignment work (including diagrams) where information and ideas in the text are not your own material (you are using the ideas of others either inn summary or as a quoted extract).

Insert a citation at each point in an assignment where you write about (refer to) an authors ideas directly. A citation involves inserting the authors surname and publication year in brackets at the point in your text that refers to the particular ideas or information presented by the original document.

Examples are

a? Customer relationship management emphasizes the XYZ of customer data to analyse the purchasing behaviour of customers and anticipating their future needs. (Ramsbottom, 2003)
Do not merely copy a citation that is included (as a citation) in the work of another author you have read. For sources that you have not actually seen but which are referred to in another work, cite both the original source and the secondary source where you read it a as follows

a? Sims (2000, quoted in Gibbons 1995, p. 86) in his paper Analysing patterns of work summaries strategic management styles a¦a¦a¦.
When more than one reference is given at the same point in the text, list these in order of publication date (earliest first).

a? Sumner (1954), Green (1974) and Jenkins (1995) each argue thata¦a¦
or

a? Several research papers (Clegg 1992; Bunker 2002; Hemmings 2004) have indicated that a¦a¦.

a? The reader can see the full details of the work you have cited by going to the alphabetical list of references (or bibliography) provided at the end of your essay or report. They can then look it up themselves if they wish. The bibliographic entry informs the reader of the authority used and how contemporary it might be.

a? In the bibliography use the basic format: author, date, title, publisher

a? For journal articles use: author, date, title of article, page numbers of article, title of journal, date of journal, publisher

a? If you make use of a diagram or quotation from another text, then page numbers should also be given e.g. (Brien, 2002: pp. 62-64).

Some example entries for a bibliography:

a? Handy, C. (1991) Gods of Management: The Changing Work of Organisations, 3rd edn, London Business Books, London

a? Mintzberg, H. (1973) The Nature of Managerial Work, Harper & Row, New York

a? Salaman, G. & Butler, J. (1990) Why Managers Wont Learn, Management Education & Development, Vol.21, 3, London

a? Stewart, R. (1967), Contrasts in Management, McGraw Hill, Mass
A paper that is just a collage of cited quotations is not a well researched essay. Use ”quotation marks for quotationsand cite/reference the source of the quotation (with the page number).

This is also required for diagrams adopted from another work. Other points include:

a? Intelligent and properly attributed use of original and secondary sources is not plagiarism, but the mark of a well researched essay or report.

a? Do not let friends copy your work all are implicated in unfair practice.

a? If you have any doubts on the use of scholarly conventions or on what constitutes plagiarism, or unfair practices consult your course leader
Some on-line sources on the Harvard referencing conventions

a? referencing/harvard.htm

a? /uk/lss/Harvardreferencing.htm



Assignment Preparation

Your assignments should show evidence of familiarity with course materials and of further reading in the subject area.
Thus an assignment, for example, would be expected to use course concepts and models and include references and acknowledgement of sources.

An important factor in any assignment is structure and clarity of expression. Discussion should progress logically from a beginning (introduction), to an orderly middle section (main body of information and arguments of the assignment) to a satisfactory end (conclusion).

Expression should be as clear, relevant and simple as possible.
Communication can often benefit from the direct visual impact of diagrams and tables. If you make use of diagrams from textbooks or articles the source of the diagram should be properly referenced,

Some tips:
a? use headings and sub-headings to show the progression of your argument.
a? keep sentences as short as possible and use simple language avoid jargon or flowery, unnecessarily abstract language that contains little information content.
a? diagrams, illustrations & tables can aid clarity and brevity. Explain the relevance of key points in diagrams. Dont just insert a diagram and leave it.
a? Remember a diagram may just consist of four boxes, twelve words and six arrows. What is it supposed to signify? Explain!
a? stick to the point. Avoid quotations that are glossy, impressive and sound good but add very little to your information and discussion.
a? aim for succinctness: dont use more words than needed (e.g. try replacing at this moment in time by now).


Reading:

Essential
a? Naylor J. 2004, Management, FT Prentice Hall

Further
a? Mintzberg H, 1980, The Structuring of Organisations, Publisher
a? Handy C, Understanding Organisations, Penguin
a? Boddy, D. 2005, Management: An Introduction, 3rd edn, Financial Times/Prentice Hall.
a? HBR Paperback Series, 2005, Harvard Business Essentials: Strategy, Harvard Business School refsr_1_14?ieUTF8&sbooks&qid1250070920&sr1-14
a? Pedler, Burgoyne and Boydell, 2007, A Managers Guide to Self-development, 5th edn, McGraw Hill
a? Porter M, 1990, The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Free Press