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Research Paper - Principles of Management

Topic: An in-depth managerial analysis of a selected organization, e.g., a corporation, company, firm or association (ideally, an organization which the students have some interest in joining as an employee or associate)

Issues and Questions to be addressed:

1. What is the mission of the organization?
a. What planning methodologies are utilized?
b. Define and assess the organization's strategy.
c. Identify its customers and/or constituents; and its competitors.

2. Describe how the firm is organized.
a. Note the formal structure (organizational charts); also what informal entities exist? b. Describe the decision-making process.
c. How does the organization manage change?

3. What is the leadership style?
a. Who are the organization's heroes?
b. Describe the motivational environment.
c. Assess the effectiveness of the organizational communications.

4. Comment on the processes for control
a. Note the type of controls.
b. Describe the financial controls.
c. Describe the operational controls.
d. What role(s) do information systems play?

5. Evaluate any innovative managerial practices.
a. How is entrepreneurship encouraged?
b. What ethical dilemmas are faced?
c. What sources of "employee empowerment" are utilized? d. Role(s) of technology

Methodology:
1. Literature review (e.g. Bios of founders)
2. Employee interviews
3. "Promotional" materials assessment (including web sites) 4. Industry analysis

Length: Approximately 15 pages with well documented references and bibliography

Classroom
Presentation: A ten-minute review of the significant findings of your research efforts: preferably using PowerPoint presentation software

Note: This research effort can be done as an individual or in a group (maximum of 2 students).
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