This task is designed to develop your awareness

| September 11, 2016

The manager’s job in context (Individual R…
4.5.1 Assessmenttask 1: The manager’s job in context (Individual Report), Worth 20%

Due inWeek-5; Length: 1800 words

The purpose of the task

This task is designed to develop your awareness of:

the complexity of the managerial role;
the reliance of a manager on other people both inside and outside the organisation;
the necessary interaction of both informal/interpersonal factors and formal/ organisational factors in fulfilling organisational purposes.
Further it is designed to develop and test your capacity to:

deconstruct the organisationally prescribed view of managerial work and its context;
conceptualise the systemic nature of managerial work; and
comprehend, interpret and execute a specific task description (or ‘project brief’).
The manager’s job in context: task description

Undertake an analysis of your own job and its context.If you do not have managerial (or similar) experience, or if for some other reason it is not appropriate to analyse your own job,you may choose instead the job of another individual who agrees to be the focus of this assignment (current job). Alternatively, you may discuss with your lecturer/ tutor the possibility of analysing a position you held in the past. Your lecturer must approve your choice. You may change (or withhold) the names of people or organisations if you believe anonymity is required.
Complete the following requirements:

Briefly,describe the actual requirements of the job. Include formal requirements (actual position/job description), and less formal requirements (if any).

Identify (list) other individuals or groups from insideand/or outsidethe organisation with whom you interact who are important to your job.

Describe the principle characteristicsof these individuals or groups, particularly those characteristics that impact on their interaction with you.If your list is lengthy, select those 4/5 individuals or groups who are themostimportant, who arecriticalto your ability to fulfil the requirements of your job. (This description should include such things as position, demographics such as age or gender, personality, or pattern of interaction with you.)If you have only identified people inside your own organisation, you should briefly explain why people outside your organisation have not been considered.

Describe the nature of the interdependency that exists between you and these critical groups or individuals. That is: in what way do you rely on each other? What do you expect from these groups and individuals? What do they expect from you? Include formal concepts of interdependence (pooled, sequential etc.) in your analysis.

Include a diagrammatic representation of these interdependencies. Note this should not be presented as an organisational chart. A typical format for this diagram would consist of you as the focus or centre with the groups and individuals with whom you interact arranged around you.

Evaluate the interdependencies (that is, the virtual network your diagram represents) in terms of its effectiveness and efficiency and the satisfaction of those concerned.

Make recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction of the interdependent group. Please note:you are not being asked to simply evaluate your managerial style or the effectiveness of your department or organisation.

The manager’s job in context: assessment criteria

Assessment will be based on:

the extent to which the task description was fulfilled, both in terms of quality and completeness; the degree of conceptual clarity demonstrated; clarity of expression;

correct presentation (i.e., report format, proof-reading, word limit, complete and correct cover page information including signature, gender-neutral expressions etc.according to the General guide and this course description); and citation of sources in the text, list of references at the end(correct and complete as per APA style).

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