The basic steps in the planning process
Three Levels of Management
Imagine yourself as the executive manager of an organization. You are responsible for establishing the three levels of management and how each level functions in the organization. One of the executive board members does not agree with having three levels of management. How would you justify to the executive board that three levels of management should be implemented in the organization? In your initial post, please include an explanation of the function that each level performs and why it is important.
Evolution of Management
Read the article, “The Management Century”. Based on the content presented in the article, describe the evolution of management and how management practices have changed over time. How has our understanding of management changed over time? Why has it evolved in the ways that it has?
Manager’s Decision Support Tools
Read the journal article, “Executive Information Systems: Their impact on Executive Decision Making”. Based on the information presented in the article, discuss the following:
- The tools executive managers use when making major decisions
- The relationship between the tools the executive managers’ use and the managers’ tasks
- The reasons for using the support tools
What are the types of plans? How are they distinguished from one another? Do you think plans with incremental objectives are more effective than those that contain stretch goals? Why or why not? What role should ethics play with strategic planning? Support your opinion with outside resources.
Strategic Planning Process
In a four- to five-page paper (excluding the title and references pages), discuss the strategic planning process. In your paper:
Explain the basic steps in the planning process.
- Assess the Current Situation
- Specifying Assumptions About the Future
- Stating Goals
- Creating the Plan
- Implementing the Plan
Describe the steps in the decision-making process, and predict how the personal attributes of the manager influence decision making.
Predict how the steps of the strategic planning process and the environmental factors that influence decision making impact the quality-productivity-profitability link.
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