Section 1 Understanding the relationship between organisational structure and culture You will need to: compare and contrast different organisational structures and culture Here you need to briefly describe the different types of organisational structure, and what different types/formats of culture can be found in organisations, and then compare and contrast them – what causes/creates each type, and positive factors / negative factors of each. explain how the relationship between an organisation’s structure and culture can impact on the performance of the business Then discuss (separately) how the structure and culture can affect the business performance – by comparing at least two different types (from those you have described) – for example, you could discuss the differences between a small, growing, owner-managed, flat-structured, entrepreneurial business, with a large, established, bureaucratic, organisation such as a local authority/municipality.
Then compare for example, how quickly changes can be made – very fast, immediate decisions made informally in the one – very slow, only after many meetings, reports, evaluations, etc in the other. discuss the factors which influence individual behaviour at work For this – list and discuss the factors which can influence the way individuals behave – for example: management/leadership style, pay and reward mechanisms, levels of employee involvement in decision making, and so on.
Section 2 Understanding the different approaches to management and leadership You will need to: compare the effectiveness of different leadership styles in different organisations You need to give a brief description of the recognised, established styles, but then select 2 different styles, as applied in 2 different types of organisation (for example in a large international company, compared to a local municipality/council, and discuss how effective each is in.
Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour
explain how organisational theory underpins the practice of management You need to list the main theories/models (that you have been studying and researching) and then discuss how each one helps – supports – assists managers to effectively plan / organise / manage / control / respond to problems. Simple examples are – knowledge (theories/models) of how individuals are likely to respond to a major change – this can help managers to introduce/implement the change in a certain way – to avoid some of the more negative responses that might occur ~ and the models/theories on structure – and how it can influence the culture/behaviour of the organisation and its people.
evaluate the different approaches to management used by different organisations This is about comparing how, at the corporate – whole organisation-level – two different organisations apply management theory and theories of organisation, to the way they run their businesses. You need to select 2 very different organisations and, as it asks, compare their approaches. A simple comparison, as an example, would be to look at the Army – and its approach to managing its ordinary soldiers, officers, teams & individuals – and compare this with a college or university – and its approach to managing students, teachers & lecturers.
Section 3 Understanding the ways of using motivational theories in organisations You will need to: discuss the impact that different leadership styles may have on motivation in organisations in periods of change You need to give a brief description of the recognised leadership styles, but then discuss in detail how each one can positively or negatively affect the motivation and morale levels of individuals and teams, in periods of change – that is, in the planning, implementation and aftermath of a major change.
compare the application of different motivational theories within the workplace You need to give a brief description of each, but then discuss in detail how they are (if they are) applied in the workplace, then move on to discuss how motivational theory relates to the way people are expected to manage today. evaluate the usefulness of a motivation theory for Managers Here you need to – briefly – list an describe motivational theories, then select one and use that to give your view of how an understanding and application of that motivation theory can assist/support managers in their activities.
Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour
Section 4 Understanding the mechanisms for developing effective teamwork in organisations You will need to: explain the nature of groups and group behaviour within Organisations Here you need to – briefly – explain the different group/team formal and informal structures, objectives, life-cycle stages, types of dynamics, and how all of these factors can affect the behaviour of groups/teams in the workplace. discuss factors that may promote or inhibit the development of effective teamwork in organisations This needs to be looked at in a broad, lateral, way – for example, the structure of an organisation can affect team interactions/communications with other, important, teams – the management/leadership style of the line managers and specialist managers can be very damaging or positive – a “blame” culture is very damaging, the amount of individual personal development, progression opportunities, appraisal formats, can also have an effect – and team development / access to technology / access to support from other teams/specialists, can be factors.
evaluate the impact of technology on team functioning within a given organisation Here you need to select a particular (“given”) organisation, or type of organisation (not simply “in general”), and then describe and evaluate the positive and negative impacts (or potential impacts) of current and emerging technologies (eg. computers, mobile phones, ipads, social media such as facebook, linkedin, video conferencing, the internet, intranets, laptops, remote working, email) on the way a team functions/operates.