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Analyze how the four steps of the control process and explain how each step contributes to the control function.

Overview

Activity
Due Date
Format
Grading Percent
Organizational Control Process
Day 3
(1st Post)
Discussion
              3
Financial Controls
Day 3
(1st Post)
Discussion
             3
End of Course Survey
Day 7
End of Course Survey
          0.5
Operational Plan
Day 7
Final Paper
          25

Learning Outcomes

This week students will:

  1. Describe the difference between data and knowledge in terms of the executive information system (EIS).
  2. Analyze the four steps in the control process as it relates to the six elements of input.
  3. Develop an organizational plan.

Introduction

For Week Six, the focus will be the six elements of organizational input (mission statement, strategic plans, tactical plans, past experience, feedback from external environment, and control system design), and how each of these elements influences the four steps of the organizational control process. This week’s content will also explore the difference between data and knowledge in terms of the executive information system (EIS) and how the executive manager can use the EIS to make effective decisions and develop organizational strategy.

Required Resources

Text

Bierman, L., Ferrell, O. C., & Ferrell, L. (2016). Management: Principles and applications, custom edition [Electronic version]. Solon, OH: Academic Media Solutions.

  • Chapter 15: Information Management Systems
  • Chapter 16: Control – Purpose, Process, and Techniques

Article

Job, A. (2012, December 21). Operational plan (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Entrepreneur. Retrieved from http://www.entrepreneurmag.co.za/advice/business-leadership/setting-up-systems/operational-plan/

Week 6 – Discussion 1

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Organizational Control Process

Analyze how the four steps of the control process and explain how each step contributes to the control function. Describe the three types of controls. How can the effectiveness of controls be assessed in an organization? Is this assessment different for a global organization?

Guided Response: In your response, please include detailed information on the four steps of the control process. Also, review the content on budgets and properly incorporate it into your response. Respond to two of your classmates’ posts. Analyze their discussions by agreeing, disagreeing, or adding other ideas to strengthen or enhance the perspective presented in their initial posts.

Week 6 – Discussion 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Financial Controls

What is the primary financial control tool used to manage the operations of an organization and how can it equip managers with the information they need to make decisions? How are financial controls different for a global organization? Provide three examples.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Evaluate their discussions by agreeing, disagreeing, or adding other ideas to strengthen or enhance the perspectives presented in their initial posts.

Week 6 – Operational Plan

Operational Plan

Develop an operational plan for an organization of your choice. Read the article, Operational Plan (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., for an overview of the required elements in this type of plan. Create a fictional organization that includes the name, type of business, size of organization, and the product or service that the organization offers. The paper must be between 8-10 pages in length and include five scholarly sources, in addition to the text. Your paper must:

  • Develop an organizational chart for the proposed organization.
    • Include the title of positions and a brief description of the positions’ duties and responsibilities.
    • Chapter 8: 8.4-8.7 will provide you with the examples of how different organizations are structured.
  • Define the organization’s vision, mission, and values
  • Outline the basic planning process for the organization, and describes how the three levels of management influence this process.
  • Explain why the quality, productivity, and profitability are important elements in the planning process
  • Evaluate the relationship between the human resource planning activities and the overall organizational strategy
  • Discuss the philosophy of management that will be applied to the management of the organization and how the structure of the organization will foster a positive work environment where employees will be motivated and productive.
  • Compose the steps of control and types of controls included in the control process for the organization.

The Operational Plan

  • Must be 8 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must use five scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library in addition to the course text.
    • The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible SourcesPreview the document table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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