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BLDG 1260 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 1
SESSION 1/2006

GROUP PROJECT REPORT:
“Management is pure common sense and should not be taught”.

BY:
Robert Freitag (3192736), Shanshan Hou (3189173), Mario Japardy (3191803), Reza Juwono (3186839), Ryan Melvold (3187100), Benny Wang (3189899).

LECTURER:
Dr Linda Tay.

DUE:
2nd May 2006.
CONTENTS

|1.0 INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………... |2 | |2.0 PLANNING…………………………………………………………………………. |2 | |2.1 Types of Plans……………………………………………………………………………. |2 | |2.2 Knowledge to Plan and Common Sense to Plan………………………… |3 | |3.0 ORGANISING……………………………………………………………………… |3 | |3.1 Organising Skills…………………………………………………………………………. |3 | |3.2 Organisational Structure……………………………………………………………. |3 | |3.3 Knowledge to Organise and Common Sense to Organise………….. |4 | |4.0 LEADING……………………………………………………………………………. |4 | |4.1 Leadership Styles………………………………………………………………………. |4 | |4.2 Motivation………………………………………………………………………………….. |5 | |4.3 Delegation…………………………………………………………………………………. |5 | |4.4 Communication………………………………………………………………………….. |6 | |4.5 Resolving Conflict………………………………………………………………………. |6 | |4.6 Knowledge to Lead and Common Sense to Lead………………………. |6 | |5.0 CONTROLLING………………………………………………………………….. |7 | |5.1 Control Process………………………………………………………………………….. |7 | |5.2 Knowledge to Control and Common Sense to Control………………. |7 | |6.0 CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………………. |8 | |7.0 REFERENCES…………………………………………………………………….. |9 |

1.0 Introduction
Good management is essential to an organisation, often being the difference between surviving and failing in achieving visionary goals. Robbins, Bergman, Stagg and Coulter (2006:9) describes management as the “process of co-ordinating work activities so that they are completed efficiently and effectively with and through other people”. It is therefore important that management is done well. Here arises the question, is management pure common sense or should it be taught? Common sense is defined as principles universally agreed amongst people, using logical thinking to make decisions. There is much debate over this question. Some argue that no two organisations are alike and therefore the role of the manager within these organisations is also different. As a result of this they argue that management cannot be taught...
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