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|Lecturer: Ms. RChitara | | |Session: Jan 2013 | | |Lesson Outline: | | |What is organisation? Traditional & New organisation | | |Who are Managers? What is Management? |[pic] | |What do managers do? | | |Management Roles, Management skills, Managing systems. | | |Learning Objective of Topic 1: | | |After reading this chapter, you should be able to | | |Define organisation. | | |Explain the differences of traditional and new organisations. | | |Who are Managers? What is Management? What do managers do? | | |Explain the managing systems available to managers | |

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Organizations need managers. An organization is a deliberate arrangement of people to accomplish some specific purpose. Organizations share three common characteristics: (1) each has a distinct purpose; (2) each is composed of people; and (3) each develops some deliberate structure so members can do their work.


Although these three characteristics are important to defining what an organization is, the concept of an organization is changing. Exhibit 1.10 lists some of the important differences between the traditional organization and the new organization. Some of these differences include: stable (traditional) vs. dynamic (new); inflexible (traditional) vs. flexible (new); job-focused (traditional) vs. skills-focused (new); and work at organizational facility during specific hours (traditional) vs. work anywhere, anytime (new).

Organizations are changing because the world around them has changed. These societal, economic, global, and technological changes have created an environment in which successful organizations must embrace new ways of getting their work done.


The changing nature of organizations and work has blurred the clear lines of distinction between managers and operatives. Many workers’ jobs now include managerial activities. Definitions used in the past no longer work. a) How do we define a manager? A manager is an organizational member who integrates and coordinates...
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