Communication in Business in Changing External Environments

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1.    Describe the three basic characteristics of changing external environments

• Environmental change is the rate at which a company’s general and specific environments change. If the environment is stable, this means that the rate of change is slow; if the environment is dynamic, this means that the rate of change is fast. • Environmental complexity is the number of external factors in the environment that affect organizations. Complex environments have many environmental factors; simple environments have few. • Resource Scarcity is the degree to which an organization’s external environment has an abundance or scarcity of critical organizational resources.  

2.    How do the characteristics of changing environments affect uncertainty? Environmental change, environmental complexity, and resource scarcity affect environmental uncertainty, which is how well managers can understand or predict the external changes and trends affecting their businesses. Environmental uncertainty is lowest when environmental change and environmental complexity are at low levels and resource scarcity is small (i.e., resources are plentiful). In these environments, managers feel confident that they can understand, predict, and react to the external forces that affect their businesses. By contrast, environmental uncertainty is highest when environmental change and complexity are extensive and resource scarcity is a problem. In these environments, managers may not be at all confident that they can understand, predict, and handle the external forces affecting their businesses.  

3.    What is the difference between the general and specific business environments? The general environment includes the economic, technological, sociocultural, and political trends that indirectly affect all organizations. The specific environment includes the customer, competitor, supplier, industry regulation, and public pressure group trends that are unique to an industry and which directly affect how...
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